No matter how casual the affair, a child’s birthday party comes with certain rules of etiquette. These customs can not only make the event run smoothly, but also prevent unintended misunderstandings. To make sure that your next birthday party is a big success, keep in mind these easy-to-remember etiquette tips.
It may be convenient to tell the birthday boy or girl to hand out invitations at school, but if the guest list does not include all of his or her classmates, hurt feelings could result. When the party guest list is restricted to only a few close friends, mail invitations rather than give them out in person. You may also want to have a discussion with your child about bringing up the party at school. As excited as he or she might be, talking about the event in front of children who are not invited could also cause upset emotions among classmates.
Asking for RSVPs
Even when you note that you would like your intended guests to reply to your invitations, they may overlook your request. Especially when trying to organize a party at a special venue, knowing an exact head count is often mandatory. As the date of the party nears, feel free to personally contact the parents who have not yet responded with an RSVP.
No definite rule exists that demands the opening of presents during a birthday party. However, you and your child should decide together if he or she would like to open gifts in front of the guests. Regardless of the choice you make, your child should receive each present with an immediate thank you and gracious demeanor. All invitees should also receive a thank you card in the mail following the party so that the guest of honor can express his or her appreciation for their attendance.
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