Party Invitation Etiquette
~Let's Get It Started~
Party invitation etiquette is the best way to get it all
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
Be creative with your invitations. They can be store bought,
hand made or a
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
of the party-birthday, dinner party, summer backyard party, retirement
party, or whatever the reason you have found to celebrate
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.
- 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
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!