Suggestions for Invitations to a Children's Christmas Party

by Erika Sanders
Set a price limit on gifts so no one feels obligated to spend too much.

Set a price limit on gifts so no one feels obligated to spend too much.

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You can host a children's holiday party for your child's close friends, playgroup or Sunday-school class. Holiday parties give kids a chance to have fun together by exchanging gifts and/or participating in holiday activities such as cookie baking. Start your party off right by sending out creative and fun invitations. While you can purchase invitations, making your own adds a personal and festive touch to your party.

Homemade Invitation Designs

Turn the task of creating party invitations into a holiday crafts project for you and your children. Homemade invitations can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Use a cookie cutter in the shape of a Christmas tree, gingerbread man or star to trace shapes onto construction or other thick paper. Cut out the shape, decorate with stickers or glitter, add the essential party invitation and mail to your guests. If you want to be more creative, bake a batch of Christmas cookies. Use the cookie cutters to create your invitations again, only this time place the invitation on top of a small stack of cookies and wrap in clear plastic wrap or cellophane so the invitation is visible. Drop these yummy invitations off in person to your children's friends.

You're Invited Phrases

At the top of your invitation, use a creative phrase to catch your potential guests' attention. Instead of a simple "You're Invited," try a phrase that ties into the holiday theme of your party. "Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Party Tim,", "It's Time for Merry Making" and "Holiday Fun Time Is Here!" are all possible headings for your invitation. Beneath your leading phrase, you can identify the party as a kid's holiday event so guests are clear on the nature and purpose of the party.

Gifts

If the party will include a gift exchange, note it on the invitation. If there are special instructions for the gift giving, clearly explain those instructions on the invitation or when parents call to RSVP. For example, if the gift giving is set up as a Secret Santa event, say so on the invitation and ask parents of attending children to call for gift-giving instructions. If the party will not include gift giving but does include cookie baking, gingerbread house making or other holiday activities, you can note those activities on the invitation. Parents appreciate knowing ahead of time what to prepare their kids for when attending a party.

The Essentials

Include essential information on your invitation such as date, time and location. It can be helpful to note not only when the party will start but also when it will end so parents know in advance when to return to pick up their child or, if they are staying at the party, how long they can expect to be there. Also include a phone number or email address for RSVPs.

About the Author

Erika Sanders has been writing since 1997. She teaches writing at the Washington State Reformatory and edits the monthly newsletter for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, a national nonprofit organization. She received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College in Boston.

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