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When & Where to Have the Party

 
When & Where To Have the Party


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Selecting a Day for the Party

When selecting a day for the party, consider your child's age and the guest list.

  • If you plan to invite your baby/toddler's playgroup, any weekday should work well. Just remember to avoid nap times!
  • If you plan to invite your family (especially if they live out-of-town) and/or your child's friends from school, it's best to have the party on the weekend.
Also keep in mind that . . .
  • busy holidays, like Christmas, are better avoided unless this is the only time you can get your family together.
  • parents with older children may have conflicts with sports and other activities on Saturdays.
  • a lot of people go to church on Sunday mornings.

Selecting a Time for the Party

The time of day you choose to start your child's party depends on whether you want to serve a meal or just cake.
  • If serving a meal, start the party between 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • If you plan to just serve cake, have the party two hours before, or one hour after, traditional meal times (i.e. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.).
You may want to set an ending time for the party, too, if you are inviting school-age children. That way, parents will know when to drop off and pick up their children. This is also helpful if you have a commitment later in the day.


Selecting a Location for the Party

If you want to throw a good old-fashioned "home" party but would rather do it somewhere other than your house, consider these locations:
  • Airport
  • Amusement Park
  • Aquarium
  • Arcade
  • Arts and Crafts Studio
  • Ballet Studio
  • Baseball Field
  • Beach
  • Bowling Alley
  • Children's Museum
  • Church Social Hall
  • Community Center
  • Farm
  • Firehouse
  • Friend's Home
  • Gymnastics Studio
  • Hotel
  • Karate Studio
  • Library
  • Miniature Golf Course
  • Movie Theatre
  • Nature Center
  • Park
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Salon
  • Sports Center
  • Stable
  • Tearoom (in a hotel or elsewhere)
  • Tourist Train
  • Theatre
  • Zoo
When making your decision, keep the following in mind:
  • Space Limitations
  • Potential Bad Weather
  • Safety Considerations
  • Your Ability to Set Up and Clean Up

Incorporating the Date, Time & Location into the Invitations

Whether they're handmade, created on your PC and printed at home, purchased as fill-in-the-blank, or custom-made and personalized, the invitations for your child's party should include the following:
  • Your Child's Name
  • Date & Time of the Party
  • Party Location
  • A Map or Directions, if Appropriate
  • "RSVP," "Please Respond," or "Regrets Only"
  • Response Date
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Special Instructions (i.e. "No Gifts, Please.")