A Toddler’s Title: How to address an invitation to a 2-year-old

Q: What is the correct way to address an invitation going to a 2-year-old boy for a child’s birthday party?

A: Informal correspondence, such as a birthday party invitation, should be addressed using only the child’s first and last names. The title “Master” is only used for formal correspondence, such as a wedding invitation, to a boy up to the age of 7.

3 Comments

  1. Betty Helton

    Pertaining to addressing an envelope, has the rule changed to only address boys and girls by only their first and last names up to age 7? I was taught that boys were addressed using Master before their first name on the envelope up until age 12 and girls were addressed using Miss always until such time as she became a Mrs. And, boys from 12 years old until 18 were then addressed by their first and last names, than thereafter 18, they would be addressed as Mr. Am I living in a bygone era?

    • MARGARET T.

      I was also taught that boys were addressed using Master before their first name on the envelope until age 12 and girls were addressed using Miss until adulthood or marriage. I have been lambasted by my stepdaughter for using these titles when sending gifts to our grandchildren; she says its disrespectful and refuses to even acknowledge that gifts were received. I’d love to resolve this! Any insight is appreciated!

      • Pam

        When you sent cards/gifts the first time using the proper titles and your stepdaughter objected, you should not have done it again. You may be correct, but etiquette is always about making the other person feel comfortable. Good will is more important than being correct, even though you were correct!

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