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Birthday Party Times

What times for birthday parties are your favorite? I feel like anything before 12 wont work because she does an early nap. I was thinking doing a 1-5 or 2-6. Shes 2 and doesn't have friends yet so it will mostly be adults and a couple kids in the 5-10 range.

  • Emily
    Jun 27

    Our first birthday will be 2-6pm. It’s the only time available for a playground/park reservation. But also it’s after her nap time when she has the most energy. Nicest weather outside. And enough time for more people to stop by depending on their schedules.

  • PK
    Jun 27

    I would do 1-5. It’s just right after lunch and it ends early enough that families can get home and prep dinner

  • Laura
    Jun 27

    We always do 10-1 parties. Nap is usually 12:30-2:30, so we just push it back a little that day. Evenings always are rushed so I prefer morning activities.

  • B
    Jun 27

    If it’s older kids that time is fine. Most two year olds I know nap until at least 3. So I do 10-1 parties

  • Cathy
    Jun 27

    I honestly think a 4 hour birthday party for a 2 year old is much too long! You could probably get away with 3-5 or 4-6. 4 hours is a LONG time to fill with activities and be a hostess.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 27

    We did a four hour party for her first birthday. With doing a meal and cake plus opening presents and playing games two hours is not enough. I know a lot of people think short parties because of other families and kids but hers are 100% family, I dont have friends and she doesn't yet either. Shes in the middle of transitioning to one nap a day so it's hard to figure out exactly when will be best.

  • Kendall
    Jun 28

    For sure do it around her nap schedule! First thing in the morning or after nap! I’d avoid trying to skip nap.... my son would be a monster 😂 also depends on if you’re trying to serve dinner. If you do a 1-5 you could get away with appetizers and cake. If you do 2-6 you’re getting into dinner!

  • Julie
    Jun 28

    I would schedule it so people start showing up ~30 minutes or so after you expect her to wake up from her nap. Have fun:)

  • Julie
    Jun 28

    Also with regard to length of time for the party, I don’t specify an end time. I just say when to show up and give some info about what to expect food wise. My family is massive and it goes without saying that a dish to pass is expected but I still usually specify in the invite something like, “immediate family will bring a dish to pass. Burgers, dogs, appetizers, cake, beer, and drinks will be provided.” My non family friends need to know they have no reason to eat food before coming to a party at my house. They can all expect to go home with leftovers for dinner if they want it though. Lol.