For the past year, I’ve been working with a 12-year-old girl to complete her Bas Mitzvah project: an activity book for distribution through our animal shelter’s humane education program. I worked her pretty hard on it, sending draft after draft after draft back home for revisions, and it was only last week that she and her mother brought the completed activity books by our office. She did a great job on it.
At the same time, her mother gave me an invitation to the girl’s bas mitzvah celebration. I’m excited about going, but I know nothing about attending such festivities. I have two questions:
Would it be assumed that my wife is also invited? The response card has a place for me to put the number of attendees, but she only knows me as a representative of the humane society, so I’m not sure what social rules apply here.
Are gifts expected at such events? If so, what should I think about pricewise? I was thinking of spending $10-$20 to buy her some decent-priced colored pencils or some other art supply; is that an appropriate gift for this type of thing?