Saturday, December 10, 2011

Birthday Party Etiquette 101- Guest Post

I just so happened to be heading to a kids birthday party today and thought this was perfect timing to have a guest post!  I really appreciate this post because I don't throw many parties and  never thought about some of these things that are good to know.  Enjoy! -Virginia

Birthday Party Etiquette 101

If you're relentlessly browsing the aisles for super mario party supplies or trying to sort out a princess birthday party, the theme may be the only thing you’re really thinking about. However, there are certain “rules” that apply to every party. So what are these unwritten rules and how can you avoid faux pas when hosting a birthday party? Read these tips to make sure that everyone has a great time at your little one’s next celebration.
  • Invites
Don’t allow your kids to distribute birthday invites in class. This will make others in the class feel left out on alienated. Make a list of invitees with your child, then drop off or mail the invitations individually. Try and explain to your son or daughter that talking about the party at school is a bad idea.
  • Prepare Party Favors
As thanks for all the birthday presents that parents have bought, it’s good form to have nice party favors for the kids. Even if you do something easy, like baking cookies or cupcakes for each kid, the gesture is greatly appreciated by fellow parents.
  • Other Child Blues
It’s natural for other children to feel jealous of the birthday boy or girl getting more attention. Involve your other children by having them invite a friend over to keep entertained. Try and explain to your other children that you will do something just as special for their birthdays.
  • RSVP
The dreaded RSVP. Don’t you hate it when parents don’t RSVP? Okay, you may be a little peeved at parents for not calling you up and telling you that their children are attending, but really all you have to do is call them up and ask sweetly if their child will be able to make it on the specified date. Just make sure not to say anything rude to the negligent parent!

So there you have it, some tips to help you be the pinnacle of class and etiquette during your child’s birthday party. Now, for the party planning!

-Melissa C.
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