Celebrating milestones, such as 50th birthdays, can be great fun and an excellent way to get friends and family together. Before creating your invitation, think about the theme, style and formality of the event. Keep in mind that not all people turning 50 want to be informed that they're "old" or "over the hill." Make the event fun and enjoyable for the guest of honour by not dwelling on his age but on his life.
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Think about the look and feel. The paper, colour and decoration of the invitation should indicate a theme as well as the formality of the event. For example, if the party is semi-formal, the invitation should be elegant and simple. If it's Mexican night, the invitation should be more fun and festive.
Announce the party. Include who the party is for and the theme if there is one, as well as the type of party. Indicate if the gathering is dinner and dancing, a luncheon or cocktail hour. You should also mention near the top of the invitation if the party is an open house. For example: "Open House Wine Tasting to Celebrate Pam's 50th Birthday" or "Who Can Believe Mike's 50th is Here? Let's Join Him to Celebrate this Special Year! Come to a BBQ Open House."
Indicate the date. For example: "Friday, January 15, 2010."
Tell the time. Remind the guests if it's an open house. For example: "Open House, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m." or "Open House Starts at 5 p.m."
Give the location. Include the name of the person's home or the venue, as well as the address and town. For example: "The Larsons, 661 North Avenue, McHenry, Illinois" or "Lucy's Steak House, 123 Main Street, San Francisco."
Remember the RSVP. Remind the guests to let you know they're coming. Include the name of whom to contact as well as the phone number. You may want to include an e-mail address. For example: "RSVP to Jennifer Jones at 903-555-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org."
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