After the age of 21, birthday parties start to fall by the wayside except for the decade years of 30, 40, 50, etc. But there are few things more important to children than the annual celebration of their birthdays. It starts young, with everyone celebrating that first year of surviving parenthood and having your child's age counted in years and not weeks or months. The years of two, three and four are obviously important, but even then, nothing can prepare you for the singular focus on the birthday party that hits once your child become school age.
Your daughter will want the perfect birthday party in order to celebrate with her friends. There is a good chance that she will want to be the center of attention and that she will have quite a say in the preparations for the event, from what the theme will be to the flavor of the cake, and yes, even the design of the invitations. Your daughter is growing up and has her own opinions, her own likes and her own thoughts. It is important to give her the birthday party that she wants (within reason).
For that reason, it is important to set the tone of the event with the invitation. Pick one that matches her theme and matches her own likes and dislikes, whether she loves pink and hates blue or loves blue and hates pink. Stay true to who she is--after all, it is her birthday and her party and not yours.
Kids get very excited about any kind of mail, especially invitations that are for them and might feature a picture of their friends. They will want to carry the invitation around everywhere, even taking it off the fridge when you're not looking. For that reason, you will want to use an invitation that is sturdy and can withstand a lot of handling. Choose a thick cardstock or glossy invitation where the event details are printed for easy reading, instead of something where handwritten details could be smeared away thanks to greasy fingers or accidental spills.