Posted by Joni Yang at Thursday, December 24th, 2020 - 01:25:52 AM in Birthday Party
The tendency to hand out invitations in public places tracks through the grades. In the hubbub that followed a middle school play, I witnessed one preteen distributing birthday party invitations to a delighted crowd surrounding her. Glancing around, I noticed other youngsters also watched the excitement, and were not as pleased about it.
When my younger daughter Hannah was in preschool, I noticed that parents would tuck birthday party invitations into the children's open cubby squares. Though this method did not present a problem when all children in a class were invited to a party, when some youngsters were invited and others were not - particularly when the invitations were in brightly colored envelopes - it was all-too-clear to the ones not invited that there was no envelope in their cubbyhole. In the preschool years, it's better for parents to hand the invitations directly to the other parents or caregivers. Or, if that's not possible due to work schedules, to bite the bullet and mail them. Better yet, to email the invitations if that's an agreeable alternative.
Children are developing their own personalities, so their likes and dislikes can change dramatically in just a short period of time. On several occasions, I've heard stories from party-planning parents who began planning their kids birthday party a couple months in advance, only to have their child lose interest in the theme completely before their big day arrived. There are a few ways you can try to avoid this.
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Gone are the days when birthday parties were limited to celebrations with family and friends in the home decked with birthday decorations. Nowadays, birthday parties have moved out of homes to attractive venues where the traditional birthday festivities are combined with events to entertain guests.