An hour is sufficient for toddlers and pre-schoolers when naptimes are still an issue.
Plan your party when the birthday child will be freshest and best able to handle all the excitement.
Weekdays I prefer so parents can have their weekend.
For older school age children, a two to three hour party at any time of day is a safe bet. Example,4-6pm Ask your child something they would like to do. Keep it easy on yourself sometimes the simplest parties are the grandest.
If you are close to dinner time, I usually like to make sure they've had dinner.
This way not only the child liked the party, but the parent will too:)
Always include an RSVP date and phone number.
A simple text is great on your party invitations. Easy breezy way to communicate.
I personally like to wait till everyone has left to open any gifts.
Another idea if your child has already too many toys, you can ask parents to bring an unwrapped gift for donation ~example..Hospital of your choice.
No better feeling for both you & your child to bring them:)
Thank You Notes
Thank you notes are an excellent way to promote good manners and appreciation in your children.Kids will learn to enjoy writing thank you cards if you make it a fun project by using colorful note cards and glittery gel pens or let them design their own on the computer.
For younger children, it's okay for the parent to write the note and have the party child sign it. The "fill-in-the-blanks" type thank you note are a great alternative too.
Incidentally try to keep a careful list of who-gave-what so thank you notes can be sent without mix-ups.
Most parents of younger children know some kids are more comfortable with their parents around and plan accordingly. (A pot of coffee and extra cake or munchies for the adults.) Most parents will offer to help if they stay.
An extra bonus for the host/hostess!