Timing is Everything

Time of year, day of the week, time of day – all part of the very important first decisions of planning your party. Just like the challenge of the “where” and “how”, “when” looms bright on the radar.

Consider your guests – a kids party works best on a weekend day, or weekend evening, or on a holiday day off school. That’s when the kids are available, and “that’s when I can drive!” says Amy, a very busy mother of three.
What time of day? Many Moms who plan parties with Have A Bashery want to know. Age of the children can be a factor – avoid nap times if they are very little. Consider their age with how late in the evening you can go.
My most frequent question back to the Mom who asks about timing is: Do you want to serve food? If lunch or dinner is used in the theme of the party, or the host wants to serve a meal, then the best times are 11:00 – 1:00 or 4:00 – 6:00. If the host wants to avoid serving anything more than cake and/or snacks, then 10:00 – 11:30, 1:00 – 3:00, or 2:00 – 4:00 work fine. If you want to avoid serving any significant food, avoid crossing over the traditional meal hours of 12 noon – 1:00pm or 5:00 – 6:00pm. Also, anything scheduled before 10:00am should include some sort of breakfast treat.
Rule of thumb: When timing is at all close to mealtime, specify in your invitation your intentions. “Desert will be served” implies that no meal is included in the festivities, just like “lunch will be served” is also obvious. Guests appreciate your letting them know what to expect.
Another Rule of thumb: Do what works best for you and the very most important people invited to the party (the people without whom the party can’t happen, like very very best friends). For your invited guests, the party will either fit in their schedule or not, just let them know what to expect.
How long should the party be? Check in next week….