If there's anything more fun than planning a kid's birthday party, it has to be hosting a birthday party for two kids. It might be a bit more work in the planning phase, but when the party is over, you can check two parties off your list. Or, if you're planning a party with another parent, putting two heads together gives you twice as many ideas and two adults for herding the kids. Wording the invitations is trickier than sending an invitation for just one, and the wording you use depends on the ages and relationship of the birthday children.
A joint party for twins makes the most sense for many people. Many twins like having a joint party, and guests readily understand the joint party concept when it comes to twins. Wording can talk about the twins and rhyme with their birthday number: "The twins are turning two and want to celebrate with you." Then follow up with the date, time and place details. It's best to be straightforward and clear, rather than clever, when stating the details, something simple such as, "Saturday, August 5, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Smith's," and give the address. Ask guests to R.S.V.P. yes or no to the party and give your phone number.
A party for siblings who are close in age is not much of a stretch for people to understand and for you to plan. It works best if the kids are just a year or two apart or in the same phase of childhood, such as two toddlers or two tweens. To really make sense, however, the children's birthdays should fall within a few weeks of each another. The wording should indicate that the party is clearly for friends of each child, so they can just bring a gift for the child who is their friend. You might say, "A party for Jason (turning 2)" in the upper left corner," and "A party for Jess (turning 4)" in the upper right corner. Then, in the middle, follow up with "Come join in the happiness!" On the envelope, write "To Alex, From Jason" so Alex clearly knows to bring a gift just for Jason.
A joint party for classmates works well because the kids are the same age and especially when they are friends and have mostly the same group of friends. That way, the guests will bring gifts for both kids. Be sure to make it clear on the invitation where the party will be held. An example is "Lily and Emma are turning 10! Please come to their party --- here's where and when ... " and then give the details. Of course, if there are multiple Lilys or Emmas in the group you'll need to add last names.
If your kids are far apart in ages, you wouldn't normally have a joint party for them. But some party experts say that's exactly what can make it fun. It would be like having two parties going at the same time with different games, but you could have cake at the same time. In this case, you could make separate invitations for each child's guests. If you want to explain the party to both groups in one invitation, though, you need to make clear what type of party this will be. Use wording like "We're having a party for two special kids! Alex is 5, and Sean is 1 --- Won't you join us in the fun?" Then list the where and when specifics. If the kids are a boy and a girl, tie it together with a theme like prince and princess, and use a pink and blue invitation.
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