Party Invitation Etiquette

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Party invitation etiquette is the best way to get it all started. When you have a special occasion on the horizon, the invitations will help you get the word out.

After you have decided the type of party you are having, picking the invitation is the next step. The invitation will show your guests the occasion, the formality of the party and all of the information necessary. 

Be creative with your invitations. They can be store bought, hand made or ainvitation etiquette combination. If the occasion allows, evites have become increasingly popular. As long as the invitation reflects the celebration.

Whether it be a birthday party or a dinner party, the most important part of etiquette for invitations is getting them to the guests. The difference comes with the timing. A birthday party required 1 to 2 weeks notice, while a formal dinner party needs 3 to 4 weeks. Your guests will appreciate this.

Party Invitation Etiquette Information

  • Name of the host or hostess
  • Guest of honor
  • Date of the party
  • Time of the party
  • Purpose of the party-birthday, dinner party, summer backyard party, retirement party, or whatever the reason you have found to celebrate
  • Location-if you are holding the party at someone's home list their name; if it is at a restaurant or park be sure to include the name.
  • Address
  • Dress-if a particular type of dress is required (formal, costume...) list this at the bottom of the invitation.
  • RSVP information

As a guest receiving an invitation, response etiquette states that you should respond as soon as possible, even if you will be unable to attend. For casual parties, email etiquette states it is appropriate to respond in this fashion. With formal events, respond with the response card (if included), dash off a note on stationary, or call the hostess.

When you receive an invitation, take note of whom it is addressed to. This will tell you who is invited. If your invitation includes a guest, then it is appropriate to bring one. If one is not listed, do not assume that you can bring a date. Also, look to see if children are invited before bringing them along. This is party invitation etiquette on the side of the guest.

A party is a time to celebrate. Whatever the occasion may be, the invitation will set the tone. It is your guests' first indication of the type of party you are having. The last thing to do is to enjoy the party you are throwing!

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