A couple of suggestions for you... keep it easy and make it a couple of months after they come home. This will give the whole family a little bit of time to get into a routine. It is MUCH different than having a new baby when you adopt internationally. I would make it a couple of hours long, but put it on the invites to come meet the new child, but don't stay longer than maybe 30 minutes.
The reason why is because this child is going to be experiencing everything for the first time in her/his life. Also, it is very important that people understand that they need to allow the parents to do all the holding. It is vital to the child's bond with the parents.
I have adopted from China myself. We had a shower/meet and greet one month home. Guests only stayed 30 minutes as per invite. Let me know if you have any questions since I've BTDT.
at 7:53 AM on Feb. 10, 2009