Frequently Asked Questions about Birthdays

Birthdays and Cooking
Birthdays and Cooking

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to invite everyone in my child's list?
A: No. But you should try to be discreet about it. Assemble the guest list with your child; she'll have a good idea of whom to invite.
Q: We "should" invite more kids than I can handle at the party. What should I do?
A: Plan a playdate or outing at another time with different groups of kids. For example, if your first-grader has friends from school and a soccer team, plus a few cousins, limit the party to the school friends and family, then plan an outing to a pizza parlor or sporting event with the team for a separate day.
Q: Can I call people who don't RSVP to find out if they're coming?
A: Absolutely. Don't let others' bad manners spoil your party.
Q: How do I make sure my child is gracious to the guests?
A: Start by setting the tone when you begin to plan the party. If you emphasize the importance of guest enjoyment from the beginning, your child will be more likely to recognize her role as host.
Q: Are thank-you notes necessary?
A: Absolutely. It teaches responsibility, politeness, and consideration for others, as well as gives your child an excellent writing and creativity exercise.
Q: I'm accompanying my child to a party. What should I do when I'm there?
A: Let the host set the tone. Offer to help, but if she says no, leave her alone. If she doesn't give you specific directions, act as a helpful - yet unobtrusive - chaperone.
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