Should I just invite the whole class? This must be one of the most common questions I'm asked. It comes up pretty early in your party planning and it's crucial to get right!
First of all it depends on how many children there are in the class. Class sizes vary enormously but I never recommend inviting more than 30 children to your party!
How many children you want to come to your party is a personal thing and it is up to you but here's just a few thoughts based on my experience:
Too many children can ruin your child's special day - Big parties can work really well but the fact of the matter is that as the number of children goes up and up the amount of involvement and attention that each of the children will get will have to go down.
Particularly when the children are younger (around 5 years old) and have just started school there is a pressure to invite the whole class. Many of the parties that we run do have the whole class in attendance and are a great success but if you have a large class size of 30 or so, don't invite anymore!
Not only is it more children for the entertainer to handle - it's more for you too!
One really important thing to consider is that after the fun of the party entertainment has come to a close it's you (and friends and family) who'll be 'in charge' of the children while you're waiting for their parents to come and pick them up!
How to Avoid Inviting Too Many Children!
What you really want is to have enough children to get a bit of a party atmosphere going but not so many that the whole thing becomes unmanageable!
Enough children to get a good atmosphere may far fewer than you think - I'd recommend around 8 children as a minimum. Between 8 & 15 children is a really nice number of children for a party and we really recommend up to 20 as ideal (that's why we price exactly the same for up to 20 children).
I definitely wouldn't recommend having more than 30 children so if there are around 30 in the class just invite the class and no more!
If possible I'd recommend having a slightly smaller group of children, that way the group is a more manageable size and everyone can get more involved.
Isn't it ok to invite loads of children as lots won't come?
Well that really depends on what kind of party you're doing - but assuming you're having a fun, different, awesome party and you're getting the invites out in good time (more about this later) then almost everyone who RSVP's will come!
Think about it, when was the last time your child has RSVP'd for a party and didn't go?