My wife and I recently bought a condo and the flurry of moving, unpacking, and finding room for everything has finally ended. We don’t have any furniture yet (just one chair and our mattress), but the rest of our settling in is done, and we want to hold a “housewarming” party to show off the place to our friends and reconnect with them since what with work and the move, we haven’t seen many for a while. Like everything we do, it’ll be an informal drop-in thing that’ll stretch out over the course of a day. Nothing fancy.
Now, the problem is we absolutely, positively don’t want any housewarming gifts. We’ve found in the past that people often feel compelled to bring gifts to a housewarming event, and that most of these gifts consist of decorative knick-knacks or random accessories, none of which we really want or have the space for (regardless of the good intentions). We’d rather our friends save their money or donate it.
What I’m wondering is how would you word this in the invitation so (1) we don’t get these kinds of gifts, and (2) we don’t look too presumptuous in looking like we expected those kinds of gifts?
I had something like this in mind:
<<Refreshments will be provided>>
<<or feel free to bring your own>>
<<Please NO GIFTS>>
<<(though canned food is welcome)>>
This way, if they want to bring something, they can bring food that we can all enjoy together, or food that we can donate to the food bank.
Any ideas, suggestions, or feedback?