It may seem like a simple affair, but a birthday party for a child can bring up a lot of questions. Especially with small children and preschoolers, it’s difficult to know what’s appropriate and what’s not. You may be wondering: “Do I need to have goodie bags for every guest?” Or, “Can I bring my other children along?”
Here are some birthday party etiquette tips for hosts and guests:
If you’re the host:
- Don’t discipline someone else’s children.
- Set a spending limit so no one tries to “out spend” your other guests.
- Set a timeline for your party so your guests don’t overstay their welcome.
- Help your child write thank-you notes to all those who attended the party.
- Provide each child with a small goodie bag filled with a toy or baked goods to take home so everyone feels important.
When you and your child are invited to a party:
- RSVP. If you say you’re going to attend, please attend. Reply within one week of receiving the invitation. Don’t wait until the last minute.
- Bring only who is invited on the invitation. Siblings should only attend if they are invited.
- Bring a gift or make a donation in the child’s name to the parents’ favorite charity.
- Stick to your budget on presents and don’t try to outdo other parents.
- It’s not absolutely necessary to send a gift if you cannot attend the party, but a birthday card is a nice gesture.