There once was a time when inviting guests to your party meant picking out paper invitations at the stationary store, addressing each invitation by hand, affixing a postage stamp to the envelope and mailing them from the post office. You can now invite guests to your party without having to buy invitations or mail them out. Several websites allow you to create invitations for free, that are e-mailed to your guests. The electronic invitations allow guests to RSVP and leave comments to you. Guests receive a reminder a few days before the party, so that no one forgets to come.
Open your web browser and visit an online invitation site, such as Evite.com or Purpletrail.com. You may have to sign up for a free account at the site to send out the invitations. If you have a Facebook, myspace or other social networking account, you can make invitations there as well.
Choose a design for the invitations. Most sites have design templates that you can choose based on the type of party you are hosting. You can also upload your own picture to make your own design. Click "select" on Evites or "Free Online Invitation" on PurpleTrail.com to choose a design.
Fill in the party details. Type in the name of your party, such as "Kim's Sweet 16" or "Bob's Backyard BBQ." Add your name, e-mail address, phone number and the party's location. You can also add a special message to the guests that gives more details on the party. Most importantly, put the date and time of the party in the space provided
Click "Add Guests" or "Next." Type in the email addresses of the guests in text box provided or the names of your friends on Facebook. You can also import your address book from your e-mail provider and pick e-mail addresses from that.
Establish rules for the invitations. Decide if guests can bring other people to the party, or if they can invite others using your invitations. On Facebook, decide if the event is public, meaning anyone can RSVP to it, or Private, meaning only invited guests can. Click preview to go over your invitation before sending it out to guests. Once it looks the way you want it to, click "Send."