The truth of the matter is, if you want people to come to a party, you have to invite them. Sure, you can create a Facebook event or send out an e-vite, but going old-school with real party invitations is so much more fun! When you design your invitation, it should be unique and show the guests how to best prepare for your party. They will know if they need to go shopping for an evening gown, hit the thrift stores for a costume, or dig out that swimsuit and pick up some sunscreen.
Party invitations should get your guests excited about the event as soon as they open that envelope. So don't jot some dates and times on a white piece of paper and send it out...not that you would ever do that, right? What we mean is, get creative! Martini shaped cards for bachelorette parties or diaper shaped cards for baby showers. Or maybe something really different like a rolled up invitation stuck inside a glass bottle with a cork for your beach party. You get the idea.
Here are some things to considering when designing, preparing, and sending your party invitations. First, be sure to include all the necessary details. These things include: type of party, party host, location, date, time, and dress requirements. Next, adequately prepare the invitations to be sent out. Generally included in the envelope will be the invitation, a directions card, response card, and self stamped envelope. The directions card is for the convenience of the guest, and it is common to include a map. If your event requires an RSVP, it is common to include a self-addressed stamped envelope to encourage your guests to reply. Last, make sure you get those invitations out as soon as possible. Depending on the formality of the event, invitations should be sent 2-8 weeks in advance.