Why sending printed invites is better than digital

As a busy parents it seems that we are forever taking our child to another birthday party. With the digital age it has become increasingly common for invitations to be sent digitally (email or social networking websites) or even via text message. This seems a good idea with the time saving benefit however a traditional printed (or handwritten) invitation is a much better option. It’s a more formal organised manner to invite the guests. It can be fun to receive an invitation and also if there is a theme relevant to the party an invitation can bolster this and make it clearer. These points and a few others mentioned below all give a thumbs up to the idea that printed invitations are more preferable than digital versions.

1.) By sending a printed invitation you are sending out the message that you care about the party and place a high level of importance on it. By taking the efforts to produce printed invitations You emphasise the importance of the mentioned occasion.

2.) There is more chance of it being read. From personal experience I receive numerous invitations via social media websites which I barely even read these days as most of them don’t appeal to me and I don’t have the time to sift through them all. Consequently I may well have missed out on genuine good parties or events in the past due to this. Also some emails get caught up in spam filters and are never even received!

3.) A printed invite is a lot more informative for guests than a phone call or quick email as all the essential details will be included such as time, date, directions to the party & RSVP. You Can also include details such as theme and gift suggestions.

4.) You have some great creative possibilities with a hand made invitation. Perhaps visit the local craft shop and make the invite look more unique and original. You may even find something to decorate it that will match and promote the party theme.

5.) A printed invite can be kept and treasured for years to come and serve as cherished piece of memorabilia for the event. It makes a nice keepsake to insert the invite into a photo gallery of pictures from the party.

When your next throwing a childrens party be sure to take the extra time to send a printed invitation. The extra effort will certainly be worth it.

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do in my parties and it’s always a bit of a mouth full to explain so I have wrote this for greater clarity. To begin with, none of my games are elimination based which means no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and are not going to become bored which is very important to me. On to the games!

Character statues
I tell the children to dance and when the music stops to freeze and impersonate a well known character (superheroes, Disney princesses etc). I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.
Why it’s good
– The children enjoy being on their feet, if they don’t want to pretend to be a character they will usually just  freeze normally so they still feel involved. It’s  easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always riveted throughout. It’s been so good over the years.