Have you ever heard the saying “You have to learn to walk before you can run”? Well, the same principle applies to birthday parties—you have to get the invitations right before you can throw an epic skating party! Check out these party invitation tips to learn how to do birthday party invitations for a kids birthday party or an adult celebration.
Party Invitation Tips: Do’s and Don’ts
Some of the most common birthday party mistakes happen before the party even starts. Fortunately, you know better… Or you will after reading these do’s and don’ts!
DO Send Invitations As Early As Possible
Look, we’re all busy, and between school, work, sports, family, and extracurricular activities, it’s hard to find time for everything. Do your guests a solid and give them plenty of notice about your party plans. Generally 4-6 weeks is fine for birthday parties. If it’s a big party (think Sweet 16, 21st birthday, or another major milestone) and you want to make sure certain people can be there, you may want to clear the date with them ahead of time, or at least give them a longer lead time with your invitations.
Of course, you can go too far in the other direction as well. Don’t send your invitations out more than a few months ahead of time, or your guests may just forget about the party altogether! After all, can you find a particular piece of mail from 6 months ago? Probably not.
DON’T Put Form Over Function
Remember that the main purpose of party invitations is to actually invite your guests. Cute, personalized, themed invitations are fun, and can get people excited for the party. Just make sure you include all of the relevant information in a clear, legible way. Invitations should include not only the time, date, and location, but also:
- Your child’s name and age
- The party theme (if applicable)
- Any preferences regarding gifts if you have them… Keeping in mind that not everyone will follow your lead. (No gifts, bring a canned food donation for charity instead of a gift, educational gifts only, etc.)
- The party duration (Give an end time, not just a start time)
- The dress code if applicable. For instance, a skating party invitation should include a note that kids need to wear or bring socks that hit at the ankle or above.
- Parking information or directions
- Whether or not the party is a drop-off event, or whether parents and siblings can hang out during the event.
Ideally, you’ll want to send both a paper invitation and a digital one. That way if the physical invitation goes missing in a backpack or purse, your guests still have a way to see all of the party information.
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