How to Word an 18th Birthday Invitation

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How to Word an 18th Birthday Invitation
Wording an 18th birthday invitation can be simple. (party cup ctreamers and party banners image by Warren Millar from

Planning an 18th birthday party almost always begins with a guest list. Sending out invitations is an important organising step, but it can sometimes be difficult to properly word an invite. There are several details and specifics that hosts will want to make sure they include on their send-outs. By following some easy tips, party planners can ensure their 18th birthday invitations are done perfectly.

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Things you need

  • Guest list
  • Paper invites
  • Stamps
  • RSVP cards
  • Addresses

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  1. 1

    Scan your guest list to get a feel for the type of individuals who will be attending the party. Determine if it will be strictly teenagers, or a mix of teens and older family and friends, to decide on the tone of the invitations.

  2. 2

    Write a rough draft of the main content of the invitation. If you're going for a casual theme, try a rhyming verse. If you want it more formal, use polite vocabulary, with phrases like "You are cordially invited to attend" or "Your presence is requested."

  3. 3

    Include party specifics, like date, time and address for the location. Also include the contact information of the party planner, and details on dress code and whether food will be served.

  4. 4

    Create text for an RSVP card if you are including them with the invites. The RSVP card should be short and simple, with a space for the invitee to write her name, and two boxes with the terms "Will attend" and "Can't attend" next to them.

  5. 5

    Have a friend proofread the final copy before writing or printing on the invitations. Check for spelling errors, and get the friend's opinion on whether the wording sounds natural.

  6. 6

    Address each envelope appropriately, with the invitee's full name and address. Place a return address in the upper left corner of the envelope before stamping and sending out.

Tips and warnings

  • Use vocabulary that will be easy to understand.
  • Include information on the party's theme.
  • Let guests know when the party will potentially end.
  • Make sure not to use slang or potentially offensive language.
  • Include guests' zip code on the envelope to ensure it arrives.

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