Options for kids party invitations are endless. Invitations can be purchased in any number of themes, you can create your own or download printable invitations on-line. Invitations can be personalized with photos, your child's name or just about anything you want.
You may think purchasing kids birthday party invitations is the easiest option, but the numerous choices make the task more difficult. To help narrow down the choices before deciding on a kids party invitation, decide on the theme. Your invitation is the window to your party. It tells your guests what to expect. A formal invitation leads guest to believe you are having a more formal party; a fill-in the blank invitation leads guests to believe the party is more casual. The theme will help you decide what impression you want to give your guests.
Choose A Theme
For a kids party typically using a theme based around your child's interests works best. If your child is interested in cars base your theme around cars and have your invitation represent this theme or if your child is into Power Rangers your theme would be Power Rangers and so would your invitation. There are tons of invitations that cover the gamut of children's interests, therefore the likelihood that your child's interest will not having a corresponding invitation is small. But, if that happens you can always create your own.
Creating Your Own
Speaking of creating your own invitations, whether your theme has 1000 or 0 invitations to match, you may still want to create your own. Many of us are creative and appreciate any opportunity to express our talents. If you are mailing your invitations then you are limited to a reasonable size and shape that can go through the mail, but if you are hand-delivering invitations or your child is passing them out in class the possibilities are limitless. Some fun ideas would be a Hot Wheels car enclosed with a Cars Party invitation. Or a note in a bottle for a Pirate Party invitation.
To help make creating your own invite a little easier we've put together this page on Invitation Wording Samples for our readers.
When To Send
With parent's hectic schedules and kids being booked weeks in advance with play dates and scheduled activities, give guests at least 4 weeks notice prior to the party. This gives parents time to "save the date" in their calendars, RSVP and shop for a gift. As the host, receiving RSVP's within enough time to shop for party supplies is important. Having an accurate head count allows you to shop for your party supplies efficiently. You'll know how big the cake should be, how many favors to purchase, cups, plates and so on.