This is a quick post about how to write an invitation. Better yet, how to write GOOD party invites. I know many of you know how to write an invitation in the most basic way, but sometimes we tend to leave out key information. This particular “tutorial” will focus on invites for birthday parties and more casual events, especially if you are saving money by doing them yourself.
Yes, you should openly say who the party is for. This may seem silly, but I have to admit receiving homemade invitations and not really understanding who the party is for. “Becky’s throwing a party! Get ready for fun!” Well, that tells me who’s throwing the party but not who the party is for. Be specific.
“Becky’s throwing her own birthday party! Get ready for fun!” Much, much better.
What are we celebrating? This can be as direct as you want it to be, or you can make it indirect. Just make sure the point comes across:
Mr and Mrs Granger would like to invite you to celebrate the high school graduation of their daughter Hermione.
It’s High School Graduation time! Join us for a party celebrating Wendy’s accomplishment!
Here is the rule to where: list the full name of the location, it’s full address and what it MAY BE listed as on google maps or mapquest.
Why is this important? Even though you will include directions in the invitation, you don’t want them to place half of an address in google maps, and end up someplace on the other side of town. Can you imagine getting 20 phone calls all at once from people that are lost 10 minutes before your party because you didn’t know how to write an invitation properly? I can. It’s happened to me. Be meticulous when it comes to location information.
It may seem like you stated the why in the “what” section, but this is where you get personal with you attendees. Let them know why you sent them the invitation. “We are so proud of our girl, and would love to have you celebrate with us.” It seems like such a little thing, but that one sentence will have them feel honored to get an invite and may persuade them to attend your event rather than one that’s on the same day.
Let them know how to contact you for RSVP. These days, if you are throwing an informal party, place your phone number and an email address where they can RSVP. You can even set up an address just for the event such as DinasSummerParty@gmail.com. Since pretty much everything is done online nowadays, adding an email contact is just smart. Also, it gives the party a fun touch. Your own party email? Heck yeah! Make sure to include a small paper with the invitation that has the directions printed out, as well.
“Set the Standard” and tell them exactly how you would like them to dress. If there’s a theme, mention it and encourage them to join in. There’s nothing worse than expecting guests to show up in a theme or costume when you didn’t specify that in the invitation. Here is a picture of the invitations we sent last year:
Do you have an invitation advice to add to this post? Please feel free to share with us in the comments below. Good Luck!