Birthday Party Invitation Etiquette

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Do you ever wonder what the proper Birthday Party invitation etiquette is for your child’s party? I do. Here are some helpful tips that you can use while planning your child’s party (or any party for that matter).


Who to Invite

  • If your children are old enough to offer their input, compose the guest list with them instead of for them.
  • You don’t need to invite everyone in your child’s class, but teach your children that it is important to be sensitive to those who will not be invited. In this vein, mail invitations to invitee’s homes instead of sending them to school with your children to avoid hurting the feelings of anyone not invited.
  • You can encourage the parents of your children’s friends to attend the party by stating, “Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the party” on the invitations. Then, make sure to provide additional refreshments that adults will enjoy.

When to Send

  • Send invitations two to three weeks in advance for a child’s birthday party. For a more formal birthday party, send invitations at least a month in advance.

Delivering Invitations

  • You can mail or hand deliver your invitations. And, remember—to avoid hurt feelings, do not allow your child to distribute them in class.

Gift Etiquette

  • If you do not want guests to feel obligated to bring gifts, it is perfectly acceptable to specify that on the invitation with a simple “No gifts please.”


Source: Tiny Prints