Mom of pregnant daughter.

(Toledo, OH, USA)

I went on disability retirement 10 years ago and lost contact with many of my friends from work due to illness. I recently (in past 3 or 4 months) reunited with them at a coworkers funeral. I was informed, that since most of my friends are also retired now, they meet every month for lunch. I have been attending monthly lunch get together, and I am absolutely thrilled that I have reconnected with my friends. I'm wondering if it is appropriate for me to invite them to my daughters baby shower. I worked with most of my friends for over 20 years and they have all met my daughter, at one time or another over the years.

My worry is if I don't invite them, they may be offended; or if I do invite them, I don't want them to feel obligated to attend, or purchase a gift.

Any advise you can provide, will be greatly appreciated.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Melanie,

How nice to have reconnected with your old crowd! Friendships are so very important to our happiness, aren't they?

Of course invite all your old chums to the shower. Make a note on the invitation that "gifts are not expected". That way those who wish to do so, can bring gifts but no one feels obligated. If anyone asks "what can I bring", let them contribute in some other way, life a dessert, for example. Having said that, please make certain your daughter is on board with non gift bearing guests at her shower, as I assume she will be.

Have fun.

Ms Practical Etiquette

thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your prompt your response, your advise is much appreciated. Am taking your advise... hope it will work out well:)

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