If you have a young child and his or her first birthday with you is approaching, you may be wondering about birthday party invitation etiquette. For example, how should the invitations be worded? Should parents be invited too? Here are a few tips.
Aim to get invitations in the mail about a month before the party. You could do digital invitations if you prefer, but there are several advantages with print. For one thing, they serve as a constant reminder to young partygoers. Imagine Sally or Juan seeing the invitation every time she or he goes to the refrigerator and building up excitement about the party. As long as you include key details such as party time, location and date, the wording does not matter. You do want to clarify that it is for a birthday party, for example, “Help Us Celebrate Jane’s 6th Birthday!”
If RSVPs are important, give prospective attendees several ways to get in touch with you. Email, text message and a phone call are a few ways. Some parents like to attend birthday parties along with their children, so specify in the invitation if you are welcoming or discouraging that practice. A line such as, “Kids only, please,” gets the point across.
The invitation is one way for you to set the theme for your party. For instance, if dinosaurs will feature in the party, you could have fun with a dinosaur invitation. Likewise, if you plan cupcakes, then a cupcake invitation could be mouth-watering. When you and your child send thank-you notes later for the gifts, the notes can also continue the theme that began with the invitation.
Do be sure, though, that your child is happy with the selected theme. A child who feels like a party idea has been forced upon himself or herself may not make for a gracious host. The next step is to have a blast at the party!
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