How to Write a Birthday Invitation for Adults

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How to Write a Birthday Invitation for Adults
A formal invitation (invitation mariage image by Christophe Thélisson from

A formal invitation for an event is composed of separate lines on a card that list the host, their request, the honoree, date and time, location and an RSVP. Generally, abbreviations aren't used in formal invitations. When writing a birthday invitation for adults, you can be more casual but still socially correct by providing all the essential information a guest will need.

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    The first section of an invitation should consist of the host's name (for example, "Jane Doe"). The host is the individual paying for the party.

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    The second section is the request. This line describes the purpose of the invitation. As an example, you could say: "Requests the pleasure of your company to celebrate the birthday of" or "Cordially invites you to participate in a gathering to honour the birthday of." If it's a milestone or decade birthday, such as 30th, 40th or 65th, you can make mention of that or if it's meant to be a "surprise" birthday party.

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    The third section is for the name of the honoree, the person celebrating a birthday. His or her name should be written on this line (for example, "John Doe").

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    The fourth section should have the birthday celebration's date and time. Give the day of the week, date and month and specific time (for example, 6:00 p.m.)

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    The fifth section should indicate the location of the birthday party. The first line of the address should consist of the street address. Move on to a new line if the location is at an apartment or has a particular building number. The last line of the address should consist of the city. For out-of-town guests, you may want to include a separate sheet with directions in their invitations.

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    Include an RSVP or reply line if you want guests to respond to your invitation. The "RSVP" simply needs to be added in the lower left-hand corner of the invitation. If you need to have a headcount by a certain date, ask guests to "Please reply by (date)" in the lower left-hand corner of the invitation instead. Include the phone number guests should use to reply.

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