I am looking for some advice on the wording for an invitation. My triplets will be 18 in the summer and we will be having an 'at home ' at my parents house for family. We moved to another country when my children were 7 and have only recently moved back to the UK, to a different part of the country from my family so we have seen little of the wider family for a decade or so. So to get to my point, we would like to let people know on the invitation that birthday presents are not needed (it's such a long time since we saw the wider family it doesn't seem right that they should buy presents!) So how does one word an invitation to an at home and request no presents?
What Spad said, don't mention it in the invite and then if you get asked you can say there's no need etc. Most family and friends would probably be happy to bring a gift anyway, regardless of how long since they saw you. You may end up with a lot of alcohol though