(Closed) Thank you notes for a child’s birthday party? Yes or No

posted 9 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
164 posts
Blushing bee

Nothing antiquated about it! I would definitely send out the notes. People who don’t expect anything will be pleasantly surprised, and those parents who do expect it would probably be a bit put off if they didn’t receive one!

Post # 5
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I send thank you notes for everything, even casual dinners, only b/c I know how nice it is to receive them. Even a small gathering can be a lot of time and effort, and it’s nice to acknowlege it.

Post # 6
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

It’s definitely good to get kids in the habit, but as I learned it, unless it’s for a wedding/graduation, you don’t NEED to send a thank you if you thanked the giver in person.

Post # 7
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t know if it’s a requirement or expected, but I agree that it would be a nice surprise and be appreciated. My family has never been big on cards (thank you, christmas, anything), but I love making them, so I’m trying to get in the habit of sending them much more often. I love getting mail, so I think sending thank you cards for any occasion is a good idea. 🙂

Post # 8
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My sister sends them out for my nephew (he’s 3).  Well, she writes the thank you and he signs his name or draws a picture.  🙂  I think it’s great that you’re teaching your son the right way to do things now.  Way to go, Bellenga!

P.S.  wait!  I just figured out your username!  Bell – en (in) – GA.  Right?  I’ve been thinking “bell-inga” for all these months, but it suddenly makes much more sense!

Post # 9
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i’d say it’s not necessary but a nice gesture to do!

Post # 10
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Good manner is good manner, even if no one follows them much anymore! We always had to write thank you notes growing up, even if I have gotten lax on them the last few years. Time to step my game up!

Post # 11
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, the manners of kids these days! Their parents should be enforcing these

I guess my aunt thought it was rude that as a kid i never thanked her for birthday gifts and stuff…once she sent me a packet of thank you cards with a note saying I needed to thank people appropriately. Oops! I used to send ty cards to DH’s family for everything, but apparently it’s not necessary for family….?…Sigh

Post # 12
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would do it! I bet all the other mothers envy you. You’re the one who does everything right =) Haha. Do you always bake chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes too.

Post # 13
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t have kids, but I think Thank Yous are always a good thing. I am surprised at how many people don’t write them. Hand-written notes are rare in general and I think it’s great to instill this idea in your son. Even if people don’t have time to do hand-written notes, they could do Thank You ecards, and I don’t see too many Thank Yous in this form.

I don’t remember doing them as a kid though, which I cringe at every time I think about it!

Post # 14
3332 posts
Sugar bee

I’m huge on Thank You notes.  I think it’s sad that it’s kind of a lost habit–I definitely think it’s appropriate to send a Thank You for a child’s bday party.  Personally, I always send Thank You notes and people really do appreciate it when I receive them.  I think you’re a great mom for having your little dude send TY’s, Belle. 

Post # 15
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

As long as I can remember, my mom made me write thank you notes! For Birthdays, Christmas, or even when some distant relative slipped me $5. To this day I still send thank you notes for dinners, for presents, etc. I’ll make my kids do it too 🙂

I like to think that most people appreciate my notes, but my Future Mother-In-Law told me she doesn’t want another thank you note from me. She “get’s that I’m thankful” (Nice, huh?) I’ve probably only sent her 4 over the last few years because I don’t want to seem like a kiss-ass, but whatever. *and breathe*

Post # 16
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@recessionistaBride, I had to stop writing ty cards to the family b/c i was the *only* one who did it, and I felt like everyone ELSE thought I was trying to snub them by being more *proper* than them.

i used to give my Mother-In-Law hospitality thank you notes when I’d stay at her house, haha. Now, not so much. I’m not *new* anymore =]

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