Anniversary invite and gift for in-laws parents

by LuAnn
(Burlington NC)

My sister-in-law (of 1 year) invited me to her parents 35 year anniversary celebration. I have never met her parents. Parties are not my thing and I will not know anyone there except my brother and sister-in law. Is it rude of me not to attend? If I attend is it appropriate fo me to take a gift.


Thank you in advance

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Anniversary Attendance
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello LuAnn,

​If you feel your sister-in-law would be pleased if you attended, then make an effort to attend. It isn't rude to decline, however family events carry some obligation with them. There is no need to bring a gift. Just write them a personal note of warm wishes and congratulations on reaching this milestone in their marriage. Relax and enjoy meeting new folks, some may become friends!

Ms. Practical Etiquette​

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