Do people have their kids’ parties on the weekdays any longer or is it strictly a weekend activity now?
It used to be that in the summer time many kids’ parties took place during the weekdays, i.e. if the kid’s birthday landed on a Wednesday that was the day of the party. During the school year, the party was usually held on the weekends as the kids were in school all day. More often than not, Moms were able to send birthday cupcakes in with their kids to school as the day’s celebration.
Today, it has become only acceptable to have the kids’ parties on the weekends only. Why? With so many homes having two parents working, it is almost impossible to have a party on the weekdays ~ no matter the season. Second, even if one parent stays home and has time to organize a weekday party, the celebration would still not include the other parent who was working. (Not exactly sure why this didn’t bother my Dad back in the day, but there you go!) Third, the guests being invited may be in a whole variety of circumstances during the weeekdays, some may be in a day care while parents work, others may be home with a babysitter, but not able to attend with their parents, etc. Last, you could organize a party on a weekday evening, but still everyone will be rushed at home and may not have the time/energy to host a party at the end of the day. This also may not be the most ideal time for a kid’s party.
Given all of these various factors, it would seem the majority of parties are planned on the weekends so that parents hosting the kid’s party have the time to do it well, and it also is the best time to make sure the most guests will come as everyone has a more consistent schedule of free time on the weekends.
What to do on your kid’s actual birthday? Well, during the school year, you can send those cupcakes in with your child for a special little school celebration or, if it’s the summer, you can share cake and candles on the actual day and talk up the great party she will have this weekend!
In this way, the celebration continues!