Many will be able to relate to this, holding a birthday party in January can be tricky: people are away on holiday and the timing of sending out the invitations can clash with Christmas.
Do you hold a party in February, have a family only party or ask find out when friends are free in January?


Posted by deb_gs, 21st December 2018

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  • A bit of all the above. We delay the birthday party with friends until February when everyone’s back from holidays. We have a family birthday on his actual birthday in January though with a little cake and a present for him. We don’t give him another present for his birthday party though.

  • If the party is for a chil I would definitely have it the last week before school holidays start as 1 all there friends will be there. 2 the following year they might have new kids in there class so they don’t really know them and 3. Both my granddaughters birthdays are in January so at there parties this year my 10 year old granddaughter only 1 friend out of 10 invited turned up it was sad and my 7 year old granddaughter 5 turned up. So next year it will be in December before school holidays start.

  • I know lots of people who have birthdays in January and generally there’s no problem. They hold their birthdays on the actual day or the weekend before or after, and still get a good crowd.

  • As a school teacher we often see families hand out their January invites before school finishes and the parties are often after the 10th Jan when most people have returned from holidays.

  • Oh what a dilemma! I’ve never had to deal with it. I gave a friend who’s twins were born in Christmas Eve, they have their birthday celebrations on the first Saturday in December to avoid clashes with Christmas

  • Depends on the age of the child – for younger kids, I’d have it a couple of weeks late when school is back. For older kids, it may be easier to suss out the availability of friends.

  • My sons birthday is the 12th and mine is the 16th of Jan. I sent out invitations for my LO’s party early November so everyone had a decent amount of notice and could plan with or around if necessary

  • My husband used to have his birthday in full summer (July) when we lived in Europe. He says that generally in July he was away camping with his family, so they were celebrating the birthday with the family while away. And then, before school started again, the month after, they were having a little party with my husband’s friends back home.

  • We have this dilemma when she was little we’d have the party when her close friends weren’t on holidays as close to the Birthday as possible. I’d see what they want and work with that.

  • The bonus with a family party and then a friend party is 2 parties! :)

  • This is a hard one, and while I don’t have anyone in my immediate family with a January birthday, we have a few friends who do, and it’s always hard for them to organise anything. Usually I think they do a family cake and coffee/ easy BBQ on or very close to the birthday and then a bit later on have a get together with friends. This seems to work for them, and more people are able to come when it’s a bit later on

  • We have birthdays during holidays too and we have small family celebration on the day and then delay a party with friends for a little later.

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