DEAR MISS MANNERS: In the mail this morning, I received five photographs of a young child aged 2, the daughter of a relative, in various poses, with the following non-invitation:
"It has been a great year and she is growing up so fast. Thank you for all the love and support from all our family and friends. We are not having a party this year and hope to see everyone soon. Renata has been blessed with all of you in her life and really does not need anything. However, if you insist on a gift, can we suggest contributions to Renata's 529 College Savings Fund?"
What would be the proper response to such an invitation?
GENTLE READER: "Happy birthday, Renata."
Her parents have invited you not to insist upon paying for her education, and Miss Manners recommends that you take them up on that.