Monday, April 19, 2010

The Role of the Invitation

A party invitation is where it all starts ~ for the guests anyway.  Here is my list of {must include} when creating beautiful invitations...


{reason}
Be very specific. Be sure to use the words that describe the occasion (birthday, anniversary, shower, etc.) Include other details like "cocktails and hors d'oeuvres" so that your guests know whether or not to expect a meal or not.


{when}
Date and time are a given when it comes to invitations.  Including a start time is usually plenty...end times are rarely used unless there is a specific time you would like guests to leave.  Many kids parties still utilize the end time on invitations.  
TIP:  When hosting an open house with a large guest list, try staggered shifts on the invites to split up the party flow...


{where}
Include a map and directions when necessary.


{rsvp}
Provide invitees with a way to contact you with their response.  Phone numbers and emails are equally acceptable for all informal parties.  Larger, more formal affairs may require a mail-back response.  


{the extras}
This includes any info that is "none of the above."  It could be registry details, theme, suggested attire, etc.


Finally, don't forget about timing when you begin to put together your party invitations.  Send them well in advance...because we all know how busy we are, ourselves.  Assume everyone else is just as busy and needs to book their schedules ahead of time!  But...who can say no to an amazing party anyway!?



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