As you get ready to plan child’s birthday party, you may begin to realize that there’s a whole host of etiquette rules you need to follow. From who should receive a birthday invitation to when you should open gifts, there are a lot of things to remember. We’ve compiled a few do’s and don’ts to make the process easier:
DO send paper invitations
While it may be tempting to set up a Facebook event or shoot off a quick email, it’s proper etiquette to send kids birthday invitations on paper through the mail. Choose an invite that matches the theme of the party. For example, if your little one loves owls, consider using this adorable Feathered Friend birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings.
DON’T feel obligated to invite your child’s entire class
Some parents worry that there’s an obligation to invite every child in their son or daughter’s class, but that’s not the case! However, if you’re only inviting a select few friends to the festivities, make sure you explain to your child that they shouldn’t talk about the party at school (and ask the guests’ parents to do the same).
DO remind people to RSVP
If you are still waiting on a few RSVPs as the date of the party draws near, don’t be afraid to reach out and confirm guests’ attendance. About a week before the party, call any families who haven’t responded and let them know you’re trying to get a head count. This will help you get the answer you need without seeming overbearing.
DON’T forget about goodie bags
Goodie bags are a birthday party staple, so make sure you put together a small bag of favors for your little one’s guests. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – just some sweet treats and knickknacks that match the theme of the party should be plenty. Be sure to add favor tags to the bags so they are consistent with the party’s motif!