Graduation cake conundrum

by Mary
(Cincinnati, OH)

Hi. My sister in law graciously agreed to bake my daughters graduation cake. It was 2 tiered and decorated beautifully. She also added 72 cupcakes. She did an outstanding job and it tasted delicious. She shrugged her shoulders when I asked her how much she would charge. She said I could just reimburse her for supplies, but I know there was substantial work involved. She also gave my daughter a monetary gift. I want to thank her and pay her well for her work. What do you think I should do? How much should I pay her?

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Reimbursement for a Gift
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hi Mary,

It is very nice that you wish to reimburse your sister in law for her work. As she said she only wants reimbursement for supplies, then ask her what that is. That does not preclude you from giving her a gift as show of appreciation, but as far as how much, that is really up to you. I am sure she did this out of love for your daughter, and so she views this as part of her gift.

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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