Playgroups, school classmates, neighbors, teammates, family — as your child gets older, she collects more friends and potential party guests. She’ll undoubtedly get several invitations to other birthday parties, which makes you feel as if you need to invite those people to her party. Before long, the guest list can snowball out of control. Use these tips to decide who to invite to your child’s next birthday party.
Set a Limit
Before you start listing guests, set a maximum limit you want to invite. The size of the party venue and the activities you have planned can help decide the limit. Also consider how many kids you want to be responsible for at the party. Keep in mind that the more kids you invite, the more the party budget increases. You’ll have to buy more favors, more food and pay for more kids to do the party activities.
Making the Guest List
Start with the people you definitely want to invite. These are the people who get one of the spots no matter what. This might include cousins of the birthday child and close family friends. Once you add these people to the guest list, see how many spots you have left for other people.
If your child is old enough to have an opinion, ask her who she wants to invite. After all, it is her party and you want her to be surrounded by people she enjoys. Let her know how many spots she has to fill so she can prioritize her choices. Give her guidance if she’s not sure who to invite.
If your child is in school, she’ll likely want to invite at least a few of her classmates. Before you send invites to school, check on the policies. Some schools require you to invite the whole class, not just a few kids, if the invitations are passed out at school. You certainly can invite the entire class, but you’ll pay a lot of money and have a large group to manage. If you don’t want to invite the whole class, find a way to pass out the invitations outside of school.
When it comes down to it, you may need to make some difficult decisions regarding the guest list. If you can’t invite all of your child’s friends, talk to the parents. Let them know why you had to limit the guest list.