I don't like those parties for the same reasons. You always get conned into buying something you didn't really need and then I either feel had for spending way more than I can afford or not buying anything and having that awkward conversation as to why I don't want anything.
I agree with PP. Decline - thanks so much I am unable to make the party but would love to see you for a catch up. Are you free (insert date) for coffee?
I decline invites to product parties without really giving a reason these days just 'sorry i can't come hope it goes well'
I dont mind tupperware & enjo but i buy it when it suits me not when someone is having a party.
Then linen & underwear parties i really dislike i brought a doona set once when i was a single mum and it cost quite a bit and was nothing special really.
+1 for honesty. Explain the situation to her, & if she's a real friend, she'll understand.
I just tell my friends that I'm not into product parties then I don't have to come up with an excuse everytime
Just be honest and tell her you are saving for the baby, and feel pressured to buy something.
I feel the same way, can't stand them.
I'm always very "polite but firm" about these things, I usually say something like thanks for thinking of me but I have a firm policy on not getting involved in party plan, but would love to catch up for a coffee sometime!
If they take offence to that, then f?!@ them, friendship isn't built on favours.
I would keep it super simple. Sorry I cant make it that day as I have a previous engagement. Lets do a coffee soon?
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Last party I got invited to was something like essential oils or linen or candles or something rubbish like that.
"Thanks for the invite but it's not really my kinda thing - hope you have fun!"
Easy, honest and to the point!
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