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Old 23.09.2011, 17:33
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Etiquette Advice please

As some of you may remember, baby CC was recently born and when I posted about it, I commented that some neighbours were kind enough to leave gifts despite us not really knowing them....

Well, the gifts kept coming from everybody in our little 6 apartment block...just small things and of course, I say thank you when I see people.

But because people have been so kind, we were wondering about doing something more....but our hands are kind of full with the little guy.

We considered doing a sort of "open house" thing for a couple of hours one Saturday afternoon....making some cake, saying we'd be at home if people wanted to come round, say hi, meet the little one etc etc. It seems a little easier than inviting people for an evening when we probably couldn't really focus on them too much!

Is that the kind of thing that would appeal to Swiss people, or would it be seen as too casual? If so....any other ideas?
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Old 23.09.2011, 17:39
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Exactly what we did when faced with the exact same problem .. so I am likely to tell you it is a very good idea .

We sort of made it into an English afternoon tea thing (although only one of us is British) which the neighbours thought was fun .. plus it was Christmas time (yes bad timing for a baby) so we offered mince pies.

It worked well. The neighbours came and went and not all at the same time. And we were left with more cake and Christmas Gutzis (biscuits) then we had dished out in the first place .. so all in all, a jolly good idea!
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Old 23.09.2011, 17:48
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Re: Etiquette Advice please

Sounds like a great idea. And even better if you can share a bit of your culture too - tea sandwiches or make a cake / pie from your culture
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Old 23.09.2011, 17:51
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Sounds like a great idea. And even better if you can share a bit of your culture too - tea sandwiches or make a cake / pie from your culture
Bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale, ham and pease pudding stotties and a fight it is then
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Old 23.09.2011, 18:06
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Lovely idea CC and congratulations to your and the Missus for your little one.
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As some of you may remember, baby CC was recently born and when I posted about it, I commented that some neighbours were kind enough to leave gifts despite us not really knowing them....

Well, the gifts kept coming from everybody in our little 6 apartment block...just small things and of course, I say thank you when I see people.

But because people have been so kind, we were wondering about doing something more....but our hands are kind of full with the little guy.

We considered doing a sort of "open house" thing for a couple of hours one Saturday afternoon....making some cake, saying we'd be at home if people wanted to come round, say hi, meet the little one etc etc. It seems a little easier than inviting people for an evening when we probably couldn't really focus on them too much!

Is that the kind of thing that would appeal to Swiss people, or would it be seen as too casual? If so....any other ideas?
Congratulations.
The Saturday afternoon idea sounds perfect.
I just hope the littleone won't be too frightened by all the strange faces peering down at him.
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Old 23.09.2011, 18:11
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...so we offered mince pies.
Haha. Have you ever seen a Swiss person on the receiving end of a mince pie... they don't know what to make of it

@CC go for it...
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Old 23.09.2011, 18:17
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Our Swiss neighbors did something similar to celebrate an anniversary. People came and went, very low key and nice. They announced it about a week before.

Congrats on baby CC!
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Go by your gut feeling, you know them better than we do! And enjoy your afternoon
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Old 23.09.2011, 18:52
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Go by your gut feeling, you know them better than we do! And enjoy your afternoon
That's kind of the point....we DON'T know them, hence the question about Swiss norms
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As some of you may remember, baby CC was recently born and when I posted about it, I commented that some neighbours were kind enough to leave gifts despite us not really knowing them....

Well, the gifts kept coming from everybody in our little 6 apartment block...just small things and of course, I say thank you when I see people.

But because people have been so kind, we were wondering about doing something more....but our hands are kind of full with the little guy.

We considered doing a sort of "open house" thing for a couple of hours one Saturday afternoon....making some cake, saying we'd be at home if people wanted to come round, say hi, meet the little one etc etc. It seems a little easier than inviting people for an evening when we probably couldn't really focus on them too much!

Is that the kind of thing that would appeal to Swiss people, or would it be seen as too casual? If so....any other ideas?
Congratulations for your baby!
Now, as far as I got to know the Swiss, they need a "firm" invitation. I hope you don't mind if I find your idea of inviting them to be a little bit too vague. I would say it is a great idea, but invite them for an apero, giving them a time (between this and that hour) and you don't need to cook, just buy something suitable for a Swedish buffet (some salty bites, really) and have some wine.
They are incredibly common-sensed (I do not know if I invented this word) and will not overstay, they'll understand your situation.
Enjoy!
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Haha. Have you ever seen a Swiss person on the receiving end of a mince pie... they don't know what to make of it

@CC go for it...

Yes I was sceptical, but as I had to write out the recipe quite a few times (used the Nigella Lawson no-suet recipe) I guess it was a success with some of them at least ...

PS just don't tell them the name until they've tucked in .. mince is (understandably) to them ground beef ..
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Congrats to you and the family CC! My only point is to have it at a time when the kiddo might be awake. He'll be the star attraction!
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That's kind of the point....we DON'T know them, hence the question about Swiss norms
Go for it, they will be happy to see the little one. And Congtarts
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He has to bake congtarts too?
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Well there is absolutely no need to do so - you could just post a nice Thank You message with a picture of little one by the letter boxes. It would be so well received though and get you brownie points forever and ever! But keep it simple - they all know you've got your hands full. Excellent idea (I say this as a Swiss). And BRAVO again.
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Congratulations for your baby!


just buy something suitable for a Swedish buffet (some salty bites, really) and have some wine.
Thanks!

Been reading and rereading that...trying to figure out if there is a real thing called a "Swedish buffet" or if you are just......never mind
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You can send a note back for thanks. That's reasonable. You'll see them with your new one in the coming months. Make sure to stop and chat.

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Haha. Have you ever seen a Swiss person on the receiving end of a mince pie... they don't know what to make of it

@CC go for it...
I took mince pies and Xmas pudding to my family in law our first Xmas together...... everyone hated the mince pies but were eagerly awaiting the Xmas pudding... until they realized what it was.... it was so funny I'm giggling thinking about it !!!
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Oh I missed the original post about your little baby! Congratulations! I'm not sure on how familiar you are with babies, (I was not and was in shock for about a month after the birth of my first born) so if you're anything like I was, I hope things are getting better for all of you, if you're nothing like I was, cool bananas

The thing I've noticed with some Swiss friends of mine who have had babies, is that when I've given them gifts, they have given me one of those birth announcement cards. Others have invited me to pop in to see the baby too.
Your idea is lovely and if you have the energy, go for it, from what I can tell though, a card would be just as kind.
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