Last weekend our friends Sophie & Catlin were invited to their friend Ann’s 3oth birthday. Ann’s boyfriend Kurt was cooking up a storm for the occasion, and a surprise dinner was to be served at 8pm sharp. Kurt explicitly wrote on the evite- No Gifts- just be there by 7:30 so you’re in time for the surprise!
Sophie & Catlin shared a taxi and arrived at the party together. Sophie followed Kurt’s instructions and did not bring any gifts, but when Catlin walked into the apartment, she presented Kurt with a nice bottle of wine. Sophie looked shocked and was annoyed that Catlin didn’t tell her she was bringing wine. Catlin was shocked that Sophie showed up to a dinner party completely empty handed! Sophie was mortified and felt cheap that she didn’t bring a hostess gift. But was she wrong or just following Kurt’s request? Does no gifts mean just birthday gifts or does it mean ALL gifts of any kind? What is the right thing to do in this situation?| Print