Wording Suggestions for Kids' Birthday Invitations

Michele Meleen
Party invitation

Your kid's birthday party is the highlight of her year. Whether sending out paper invitations or evites, keep parents in the loop and kids excited to attend by choosing the perfect words for your kid's birthday party invitations.

Fun Things To Say

Your child's invitation is the perfect place to highlight the fun of childhood. Look for inspiration in children's songs, rhymes, books, and movies. The invitation should not only fit the party theme but also capture the personality of your child.

Invitation Openers

Set the party tone right away by adding a phrase that sums up the event at the top of the invitation. Make up your own rhyme, use a catchphrase, or start off with a quote:

  • Superhero Theme: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super Owen! Grab your cape and fly on over to the Secret Headquarters (12 Long Lane) to celebrate Owen's Incredible Feat - Turning 5!
  • Sports Theme: Another one for the record books folks - Jeff just scored his 3rd Birthday! Suit up and join the team, Parents vs. Kids t-ball game starts at 4:00 pm on Friday, June 5th in Jeff's backyard.
  • Beach Theme: Jump in and make a SPLASH, at Jennifer's 6th Birthday Beach Bash!
  • Farm Theme: Old Jill Johnson had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o, and on her farm she just turned 4, ee-i-ee-i-o!
  • Video game Theme: It's Game Over for 6-year-olds! Gabe just defeated kindergarten, earning his title of 7-year-old!
  • Dr. Seuss Quote: "Today you are you, and that's truer than true. There is no one alive that's youer than you."
  • Winnie the Pooh Quote: "A day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day."
  • Spa Theme: Get pampered and spoiled at the Smith Salon (123 Addleboro Dr.) this Saturday.
  • Dinosaur Theme: Get your best ROAARRR ready for a dino-mite time at Aiden's 5th birthday!

Fun Ways to Say 'No Gifts Please'

Whether you have invited family along with friends or just all the kids from your son's class, you are likely to have a major event on your hands. Some children are fortunate enough to have an overwhelming amount of toys and books, other families wish to keep the focus on the importance of relationships over gifts. There are plenty of justifiable reasons parents ask guests not to bring gifts. Here are some creative ways to convey this message:

  • "I wouldn't trade it for anything. Never, no never. Your friendship is the best present ever." - Tigger quote
  • Your presence is present enough!
  • Good wishes make the best gifts!
  • Nora likes to sing, color, and cook. She's lucky to have all the supplies she needs, but will never refuse an exciting new book!

Complete Invitation Samples

If you are still having trouble imagining what the entire invitation looks like, here are some examples:

Princess Themed Invitation

Hear ye! Hear ye!
You are cordially invited to honor Princess Kate at her 3rd birthday
Festivities will commence at 1:00pm and close at 3:00pm
In the Royal Courtyard behind Princess Kate's Castle (insert address)
Tea and cakes will be served promptly at 2:00pm
The King and Queen request you wear your finest attire,
Crowns will be bestowed upon all guests
Her Majesty asks that parents attend, formal attire is optional.
Donations to Princess Kate's charity of choice, Local Cat Rescue, are appreciated

Carnival Themed Invitation

Ladies and gentleman! Boys and girls of all ages!
Step right up to the greatest show on earth:
Jonah's 7th Birthday Party!
Pet the animals, catch the juggling act, and watch out for those silly clowns!
The show starts at 4:00 and ends at 6:00.
Under the Big Top at Midtown Park (insert address)
Bring the whole family to enjoy some corndogs and popcorn,
Food vendors open at 5:00 with cake to follow!
Ringmaster Jonah loves Ninjago, Pokemon, and baseball.

What to Include in Your Wording

When considering what to put on an invitation to a kid's birthday party, try to include the following information:

  • Name and age of the child celebrating a birthday
  • Date of the party
  • Location (including directions if appropriate)
  • Time Frame (including start time, meal time, cake time, and end time)
  • Whether snacks or a meal will be provided
  • If parents are expected to stick around or are free to leave
  • Party theme
  • What types of activities will be available
  • Any specific items or clothing guests should bring (such as a swimsuit for a pool party)
  • Present suggestions or alternatives (perhaps you'd rather guests give books than toys)
  • Contact information so guests can indicate whether they are able to attend

Providing as much information as possible on the actual invitation will alleviate stress on you by lessening the number of calls with questions from other parents, helping you feel prepared for the event, and ensuring that no one is left out or misses important details. Experts at Parents.com suggest sending out invitations at least two weeks before the party, but no more than four weeks ahead of time. This will give guests adequate time to prepare without forgetting about it entirely.

Get Your Party Started Right

Whether the wording for your child's birthday invitations covers only the basics or includes poems or quotes, keep sight of the fact that you want your guests to feel welcome. Keep the focus on fun and you are sure to find the right words to get guests excited.

Wording Suggestions for Kids' Birthday Invitations