There are so many unknowns when it comes to planning a birthday party or accepting invitations. That’s why we have prepared the answers to some of the most common questions that arise when you are dealing with your kid’s birthday party:
Q. What’s the best age to start throwing a birthday party?
A. I am sure you believe that the first birthday is very important and you can’t miss it. You may be right to some extent. But you should know that throwing a big party with many guests may not be the right thing to do. Don’t expect the birthday baby to be very interested in what is going on. Also be prepared that he can get grumpy with so many people around him.
I believe that a small party with less than 15 guests would be a better choice.
The same goes for 2 and 3-year-olds. Simplicity is the clue to success.
Around the age of 4 kids start to make friends, have a distinct taste in toys, and some experience with birthday cakes. This is the best age when you can start thinking of making themed parties and invite friends of your kid.
Q. How many kids should I invite?
A. The general rule, unfortunately often ignored is age plus one. That means three friends for a 2-year-old’s birthday. If your kid goes to daycare or preschool and is accustomed to be in the company of group of kids, you can invite a few additional guests.
When kids grow up a bit, they have a clear idea of whom they want to invite, so you can leave this to them.
Q. Do I have to RSVP?
A. Definitely, whether your child will or won’t attend. As soon as you get the invitation, you should call and let the host know about your decision. And while on the phone, you can take the chance to ask which sort of toy the birthday boy would like. Is he into science? Trucks? Art? This info will help you a lot when you are looking for a gift later.
Q. The invitation is addressed to my son. Does that mean we’re all invited?
A. No. You can’t assume anything. When you call to confirm your kid’s presence you can also discuss all other important questions that arise. If you are a mom of two kids (under dropoff age), you should ask if you can bring the infant brother for example.
If you’re giving the party and the space is an issue, it’s absolutely fine to write “invitee and one parent only.” Clear instructions like this are never rude.
Q. At what age can I drop off my child at a party?
A. The general rule is at the age of 5, but it can vary. So if you have the slightest doubt, you’d better ask the host when you are on the phone.
Q. How do I make sure parents pick up their kids on time?
A. You make it clear on the invitation when the party begins and ends. Then, gently remind parents when they drop off their kid.