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How Do You Invite?

When it comes to inviting guests to a party, I like to send out real invitations by snail mail. If I don't send them by mail, I personally call or text my guests to let them know they have been invited to a party. I never ever send Evites. Call me old fashioned but I hate, HATE, hate Evites. They just don't seem that personal.

Invitations serve two purposes: (1) they provide guests with the necessary information about your party and (2) they create a mood, tone, and ambiance for the party before the party has even begun. With templated uniform Evites you lose step 2 completely. I dislike how the Evite system allows guests to see who is invited and who can and cannot attend. Isn't half the fun of attending a party wondering what exciting and interesting people you will meet there? With Evites not only do you lose the mood of the party but the mystery as well.

Whatever type of invitation you decide to send, you must remember to always put the following information: the what, why, where and when. What is the occasion for the party and why are you throwing it? Are you celebrating your dog's birthday? Your husband's promotion? The season finale of Grey's Anatomy? Let your guests know why you are hosting the event. When is the party? What day and at what time? Where is the party? Is it at your house, a restaurant or a friend's house? Be specific - if it's an afternoon party, state 5 o'clock pm and give directions to the location. Lastly be sure to indicate special extras at the bottom of the invite: RSVP deadlines, requested dress, presents vs no presents, BYOB, etc. all fall into this category.

And, if you really love Evites and insist on using them, be sure to upload a personalized image and spend some time making sure the colorscheme and template fit the mood of your party.

How Do You Invite?

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lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i don't like evite invitations. it seems a little "rude" or something to me. the idea that other people need to know the guest list before they rsvp and everyone reads why a person isn't coming; no likely. i'm bringing naughty back :naughty_elves:
glamazon817 glamazon817 9 years
Anyone have any suggestions as to good sites to buy cute/stylish invites? I really like chelseapaper.com
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I cannot imagine texting someone to invite them to a party - now THAT seems really impersonal. Yum, I am surprised that with your dislike of evites, you state that you will text your guests to invite them -- how does that 'set the tone' or seem more personal than an evite?
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
www.evite.com
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
cravinsugar - evite is a website... it's really cool!
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 9 years
Email...but there is something nice about receiving and invitation in the snail mail.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Is evite an actual website? I thought you meant like email invites...i am behind the times... I'm all in.
Linny Linny 9 years
My friends and I use Facebook. It's easy to invite our friends since we are all on it and if we have questions, like what to bring, just write it on the event's wall. As a guest you can see who else has RSVP'ed, declined, or if they might show. For quick get togethers we text.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
It depends on who you are inviting and the occasion.... If it's my bunch of close pals, just a shout out via text message will do... cos we all do it like this. If it's a formal, big event, then personalised invites sent by snail mail, or you can pass it to the person, would be the way to go.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I never plan well enough in advance for a store bought invite... i need to get organized
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I'm like the queen of theme parties, so the invitations have to be custom hand made to go with the theme of course!!!
smeehle smeehle 9 years
Context is everything. For more formal occasions, I like sending a personal written invitation *and* an eVite. You get the personal touch of a written invitation, but people like having evite to RSVP and see who else is coming. And if you support the more formal invitation with an evite, people seem more inclined to RSVP when otherwise they probably would not. For more casual, impromptu get togethers I call. No evite required.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
:rotfl: the kids woke up. HA HA HA HA! Yah, know that feeling. 8)
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
lol, uh no it won't. all i do is clean up all day and then again at night. my kids (especially jenna) don't give a crap if people are coming over. we had a sitter one day right after the cleaning service was here (big stuff like mirrors, base boards, etc) and i of course had picked everything up. the kids were in bed asleep and so it was. the next day she came over about noon to get something she had left and was like "what happened". oh that? the kids woke up! i'm bringing naughty back :naughty_elves:
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
It'll keep your house extra clean. I loved that tip in SPM's organization suite.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
it's kind of funny because i thought when i got married we'd be entertaining all the time (my parents certainly did). but we don't. my parents had at least one dinner party a week and theme parties every holiday, football parties, season parties. we need to do more entertaining. i'm bringing naughty back :naughty_elves:
Fashion Fashion 9 years
Evites all the way - sorry I'm a busy gal! But I do do handwritten thank yous and hellos! xo
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
if we are doing invitations (other than "hey come over saturday afternoon") i really do it up. i put together the wording and design the whole thing then either do the layout myself or take it to a graphic designer and have them do it. we always do huge birthday parties for my girls and i love doing those. we either do it big or not at all, lol. i'm bringing naughty back :naughty_elves:
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I do store bought invites as i never feel like evites are official and most of my family doesn't understand technology lmao I'm all in.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
, ,, , ,, In case I wanted more commas. :oy:
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Us, too.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
We usually don't plan things that far in advance, so we call.
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