When & Where To Have the Party
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 . . .
Selecting a Time for the Party
- 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.
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:
- Amusement Park
- Arts and Crafts Studio
- Ballet Studio
- Baseball Field
- Bowling Alley
- Children's Museum
- Church Social Hall
- Community Center
- Friend's Home
- Gymnastics Studio
- Karate Studio
- Miniature Golf Course
- Movie Theatre
- Nature Center
- Sports Center
- Tearoom (in a hotel or elsewhere)
- Tourist Train
When making your decision, keep the following in mind:
Incorporating the Date, Time & Location into the Invitations
- Space Limitations
- Potential Bad Weather
- Safety Considerations
- Your Ability to Set Up and Clean Up
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.")