All successful birthday parties start with the invitation. Before any pinata bursting and candle blowing can occur, your guests will receive a little note asking them to attend your child's birthday party. The invitation is highly important – not only will it let guests know when to show up at the party site, but it will also inform them of formality, theme and rules regarding presents. Follow proper card etiquette rules with these tips:
Email invitations are more than popular these days, but though they offer speed and simplicity, they are not the best choice. Emails can be sent to spam, opened and deleted by accident, or even read and forgotten. A physical card carries more weight for a child's birthday party. Friends will receive the notes in the mail or at school and enjoy the opportunity to open the envelope to gaze at the wonderful design. Parents can then take the card and tack it to the refrigerator, setting themselves and their child a daily reminder of when and where the party will be held.
By mail or by hand
Handing out birthday invitations by hand can be fun for your child. Getting the opportunity to see his or her friends' faces light up as they read the note is one of the best ways to prepare for a party, but there are times when hand-delivery is the wrong choice. Send your cards by mail if your child is not inviting everyone from his or her class. Kids who don't receive a hand-delivered card could feel left out. Plus it could lead to parents calling to ask about the situation, forcing you to expand your birthday party to include those left out.
You also do not want to hand the invites out at school if the children are younger than the second grade. More often than not, the guests will forget the card at school or lose it while reading it on the bus. You may have to call all of the parents to check if everyone got a card, and that can waste time.
Young children may not be able to read the invitations or have difficulty understanding clever phrases. Your cards need to be age appropriate, so choose a sentiment that will appeal to a range of ages. If the guests are at an age where they can't read yet, choose an invite that is simply stated, with a picture standing at the forefront. For example, take a look at Pear Tree Greetings' Monster Mix in Purple birthday invitations. This card is brightly colored and features two spaces for a cute picture of the birthday boy or girl. If the kids are a little older, feel free to choose a card that focuses more on the words. Pear Tree's Searching for Superheroes cards use clever phrases like "report to duty" and "r.s.v.p. to headquarters." These are words a child can get excited about.
After checking you have your invite count down to a tee, make sure that all of the spelling and information is correct on the cards.