"Cash Only, Please"
The urbanMamas community has proven to be a wealth of wisdom when it comes to birthday parties. Perhaps you have some suggestions for Meliah, who is looking to funnel relatives' generousity toward her daughter's college savings account:
I am hoping to get some tactful wisdom from the baby/toddler birthday veterans out there. My daughter is turning one in a month (yea!) and we are getting ready to send out invitations. I mentioned to my husband the idea of adding a "No gifts, please" note on the bottom of invitations. She's 1. She doesn't really NEED anything, especially not more clothes! or toys! So I was telling him about some various ideas (book trades, tree planting, donations to pool and give to a charity, etc) that can be done in lieu of gifts at a birthday party. My question is, is there any respectful, non-tacky way to ask for monetary donations for my daughters college savings account? If anyone has any ideas or experience with this, I'd love some feedback so that I can adjust her invitations accordingly before sending them out. Thanks! Oh- BTW, her birthday is going to be a small (15 people or less) family affair. More of a special family dinner than a "birthday party". Thanks again!