When & Where to Have the Party
Selecting a Day and Time for the Party
Choosing a Day
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 . . .
Choosing a Time
- 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.
- many 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
Choosing a Location
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
- Ballet Studio
- Baseball Field
- Bowling Alley
- Children's Museum
- Community Center
- Friend's Home
- Gymnastics Studio
- Miniature Golf Course
- Movie Theatre
- Nature Center
- Sports Center
- Tourist Train
When making your decision, keep the following in mind:
- Space Limitations
- Potential Bad Weather
- Safety Considerations
- Your Ability to Set Up and Clean Up
Filling Out the Invitations
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.")
For additional tips on who to invite to the party, addressing invitation envelopes, and other invitation etiquette, check out our article on Children's Party Etiquette