Birthday Party Etiquette – How To Invite Kids To a Party

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  • Author Laura Elston
  • Published April 10, 2012
  • Word count 685

Crucial tips for kids' parties begin with knowing when the party will be and how to invite children to it. Try the suggestions that follow for a seamless party experience.

How Many Kids?

Sometimes children beg to invite to their birthday party all of their classmates, their neighbourhood buddies and their sports pals – for openers. What’s the limit for your party? Consider two important elements, your expenses and your composure. What size of party can you reasonably afford, and what's your tolerance for mayhem? Bigger parties aren’t necessarily more fun.

Where’s The Party?

Holding your celebration at home is handy and frugal, in the best sense of the word. There’s the mess to consider, of course. Rental party places are great because after the fun time is over, you don't have to reorganize the house.

A place for the children to play that's their own but visible to the adults is ideal. Watchful eyes are helpful for preventing accidents, whether physical or social. An outdoor location is a good choice for large groups of children, summer and winter. Be sure to book a park site that has a shelter if you're planning a summer picnic so that your celebration will not be ruined by a little precipitation. If your event must be postponed for bad weather, include a rain date on the invitation.

Best Time and Length

Babies and toddlers who need naps do very well at morning parties. Older children enjoy afternoon parties. Becoming very popular are evening events. The later hours don’t faze the children, and when the party is over, it’s bedtime.

As children get older, they enjoy longer parties. Babies and toddlers find an hour enough. Kids ages 4-7 need half an hour more, and kids ages 8 and above are good with two hours.

Often, birthday parties, especially 1st birthdays, are big reunions of family and friends lasting three or more hours. If your party is similar, be sure to have a steady stream of involving activities for the youngsters.

What To Put On the Invite

Occasion. The top of the invitation is the place for the party's purpose, e.g., Jennifer’s 7th Birthday Party. Follow the title with the date, the time and the location.

Location. Give sufficient details about the party's location. If it’s your house, put your street address. If the party is at a different spot, give its name, for example Playland Paradise, and the street address.

Time. Any activity that requires prompt arrival, like a trip to the movies, is helped by having the word "sharp" added to the time. Saying when the party's over is essential if parents are dropping off and picking up their kids. If you want a parent to be with each child for the duration, write it on the invitation.

Special Mention. If particular clothing is required for the party, like a swimsuit, put it on the invitation. If you'll be feeding the children a meal, let parents know to help them organize their day.

RSVP. An RSVP is important for your party preparations. Uncertainty about how many kids will attend can result in waste and anxiety. Give an RSVP deadline about a week before the party. Make the way to reply perfectly clear for busy people, e.g., "RSVP by May 2 to Tom at 555-555-5555 or

Mailing and Follow-Up

Address the envelope to the child being asked, e.g. Sally Jones. If family members are also invited, include them in the address, e.g., Sally Jones & Family. Send out the invitations three weeks before the event.

As soon as the RVSP deadline passes, telephone those who haven't answered. Ask if their child will be able to attend the party. A few of the ones who didn't RSVP will be coming anyway. On this call, you may be asked about a good choice of gift; mention a few of the birthday child’s favourite pastimes.

A few days in advance of the birthday celebration, send an email reminder to your confirmed guests. Link to your location on Google Maps.

You can get more information about how to organize a kids' birthday party by visiting

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