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Old 05-31-2010, 04:30 PM   #11
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Oh a train party is awesome! Even if some of the trains are pricey, you can buy a person or a lamppost or some other accessory for cheap. (we have tons of trains, I know). Great theme! You just call it a wooden train party!

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Old 05-31-2010, 04:35 PM   #12
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Instead of putting what kind of gifts you don't want, try wording it so that you are incouraging second hand/homemade gifts.

Also you can always return toys for store credit. Walmart will let you return without a receipt and you can always just exchange for crafts/art stuff or even for fabric and such that you can use to make her something with or books even.
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I am going to go against the norm and say that yes it is a little bit tacky. That is certainly no offense to you, because I wish I could put that on invites too! Etiquette says you cannot tell people what gifts to buy you, except in the case of gift registries for showers and weddings.
lol this is why I never understand proper etiquette. Not allowed to ask, but sometimes it's ok to ask.

Just my tell people what you don't like. we did a "please no gifts, but books appreciated" party for my DD. Knowing full well that 'no gifts' would be ignored. For the most part she got books.
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