My friend's family has sent us an invitation to her baby's church dedication (I'm not 100% sure what that is, but they have been at the same church for 30+ years, so I assume it's kind of a ''welcome to our church family'' ceremony). Anyway, they're hosting a cookout afterward and I was surprised to read at the bottom of the invitation ''Guests are asked to bring a dish. When you rsvp, please let us know what you're bringing''. I've never known people in this area to do that (ie: if you're invited to an event such as a baby shower, or graduation party, or wedding shower, etc the person hosting and/or their family provides the food and the guests bring gifts. i've never been asked to bring a dish unless I'm the one hosting or on the planning committee) So this is throwing me off. Is me bringing food a gift or do I bring the food and a separate gift for the baby? We've been trying to be careful with spending lately (saving for a house) so I'm not sure about doing both. Unless we bring something inexpensive as a dish.