Party Etiquette for Moms

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What makes Momtrends grumble? When pals don't RSVP to invites. You know the story. You craft an adorable invite, send it off to friends and then have to track down who can make it and who will be missing.

Which is why I love Evite. An online program to track the yes's the nos and then send reminders. Evite has a new set of "designer" kiddie invites from the folks at Tiny Tilla (see the giraffe--what a a sweet b-day invite!). Rosanna McCollough, General Manager of Evite, says that children'??s invitations are their number two most downloaded category and they are thrilled to be adding the Tiny Tillia Gang to their mix. To view the collection please visit or click here.

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Need tips on how to manage the party and keep it civilized? Playful Party Planner
book and CD ($19.99) to the rescue. This clever planner helps kids to develop their organizational, creative, and social skills. It includes a 10 step process for planning events, both for their friends and family, and 5 tear out lists for every party planning step. I like the included thank you note list.

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Yes, a thank you is required. I've got a way to think pink when being gracious. PSA Essentials sent me one of their Breast Cancer Stamps. From now until December 31, 10% of each purchase of this stamp will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. ($44 at A Gracious Plenty). Perfect for any woman who values her health and loves the art of letter writing. What a great way to teach your daughter fine manners.

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What's that you say? Writing isn't your thing. Well you still need to be gracious for that amazing baby shower your friend hosted or the amazing first birthday bash that your mother-in-law helped organize. If words fail you, send Thanks A Bunch. A bundled gift set that looks like a bouquet, but unlike flowers this gift won't wilt. Pick from three "bunches" spa. kitchen or garden. Starting at $59.95. My mom loved her garden bucket with gloves, apron, tote bag and more.

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