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

by epi on December 10, 2013

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.

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Betty Helton April 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

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?

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MARGARET T. June 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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!

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