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Initial post: Apr 21, 2012 5:29:36 PM PDT
P Gallegos says:
Hey everyone I would really appreciate any help with an issue I'm having. I'm throwing a baby shower for a friend who is vegetarian, and she mentioned that she would prefer it be known that she would appreciate no gifts be given that are made of any type of animal. She said it a lot better than I am stating it, and I doubt someone is going to buy the baby a leather jacket or leather sleepwear, but would anyone have any idea how I would word that in the invitation? I just don't want it coming off rude or anyone getting offended with this request. The best I have is "make sure no animals were killed/harmed in the present you buy" which is why I'm asking for help!!! She is registered at a baby store, but people don't always use the registry which is not a problem at all, because a gift is still a sweet thought. Any ideas? I wanted to post in the Vegan or Vegetarian forums but this one seems a little more active. Please please any help because google has brought me nothing but more confusion.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 6:37:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2012 6:37:47 PM PDT
Lettuce Prey says:
Bizarre. It's going to be almost impossible to find anything for a baby that involved killing or harming an animal. Do her a favor and omit the request lest everyone think she's off her rocker.
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 6:51:17 PM PDT
Oregongirl says:
I would look up some infant clothing websites that specialize in all organic, 'lighter foot print' type clothing and list 3-4 of your favs on a small insert to be included with the invite.

You could go with the footprint 'theme' then using a baby footprint on the invitation, on the refresment table etc. The guests should get the drift. Some won't. and I would leave them alone.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 7:05:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2012 7:07:22 PM PDT
S. Ryan says:
My fiance and I are vegans and we had a 100% vegan shower for our little one in February. If the people who are invited to the shower are aware that she is a vegetarian, this will likely not be too much of a problem, but inevitably you will have some people purchase non-vegan/vegetarian items. Most people who purchase things off-registry will likely provide gift receipts. Other people will find the task of purchasing items for a vegetarian so daunting that they will just give gift cards (we got a lot of those despite having a registry).

If you feel so inclined to write something on the invitation, I would suggest writing something like, "the couple kindly requests that if any gifts are purchased that they are not from an animal-derived source" or something like that. I wouldn't use the words "harmed" or "killed" because words like that can be inflammatory, especially to non-vegetarians. If gifts are purchased for them that contain animal ingredients/materials, I would suggest that the couple donate the items to an organization that will use them. While it would be disappointing to receive such items, if they were unable to exchange them, they should at least find a place that would be able to get some use out of the items.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 7:25:36 PM PDT
DisplacedMic says:
what? that's terrible advice.

i'm neither vegetarian nor vegan but if i was attending a party for someone that was who specifically asked for food and or gifts to fit their requirements i wouldn't think anything of it.

what's the problem - it's their baby. presumably the guests are free to send their regrets if such a request is so "bizarre"

That being said - off her rocker indeed - there's a nice gift!

As for your question - Why not say something along the lines of exactly what you wrote?

"We are so excited to celebrate the start of a new life and we hope you understand that we prefer to do so in a way that is vegetarian/vegan friendly!"

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 2:38:45 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 22, 2012 3:44:54 PM PDT
P Gallegos says:
Thank you everyone! I would never have even thought to include a "disclaimer" until she asked me. I know that if people were to take offense to the invite I did try to be as inoffensive as possible. I really appreciate the help.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 4:55:43 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 22, 2012 7:31:07 PM PDT
D. Luck says:
I love the suggestions from S. Ryan & DisplacedMic.
""We are so excited to celebrate the start of a new life and we hope you understand that we prefer to do so in a way that is vegetarian/vegan friendly!" is great. I might add that if you're enclosing registry information, also include, ''The registry list contains a selection of suggested gifts that meet this request."
Just a thought...
I also really like OregonGirl's suggestion to use footprints as the theme - nice touch!
Congrats to you for being so thoughtful in your planning!!!
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