Birthday Party Invitation Etiquette

Birthday Party Invitation Etiquette
Photo Credit: Tiny Prints
Photo Credit: Tiny Prints

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

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Christina lives in San Diego with her husband, 3 boys and her favorite coffee cup. Christina is a trained Montessori teacher with early childhood education and also has experience in the children’s fashion world as a business owner. While in the children's industry, Christina realized how important it was to research, be ‘in the know’ and one step ahead of the game with the latest and greatest baby gear, toys, clothing and accessories which naturally continued once she became a mom in 2002. Since the birth of her first son, Christina has become a reliable and trustworthy resource to friends, family and other parents on various parenting topics.


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