The same planning tips apply to all age groups including teenagers. Starting with the invitations you want to ensure that everyone is included that should be and check with the school about rules regarding handing out invitations at school. The invitation should be clear about whether the kids should come in costume, or whether they should bring swimsuits if it is a beach or pool party.

Make sure everyone is clear about time to pick up the children, and if the event is not at your home, be very clear about directions and who is responsible for transportation. Be aware of safety issues, kids with food allergies, safety in the pool or at the beach, and avoid fireworks, alcohol and the risk of fire – candles should only be on the cake!

The party theme begins with the invitation and the design possibilities are endless. If you are having a train theme like Thomas the Tank Engine, then the invitation can look like a train ticket. If a ballet theme, then the invitation can be a cutout of a pair of ballet shoes. Pirate parties can be treasure maps, princess parties a royal scroll.

Teenagers can be more ambitious using their computer skills but you will want to make sure the RSVPs are clear and get back to you. The final item on your to-do list should be a thank you note on the same party theme, ready for your child to sign and send the next day in appreciation of the gift and the friend s presence on the most memorable day of the year!

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