How to Write a BBQ Invitation

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How to Write a BBQ Invitation
Keep your barbecue invitation short, casual and informative. (barbecue chicken image by Kathy Burns from

Party invitations don't just list the vital facts; they set the tone for your fete. For casual occasions like backyard barbecues, you'll want to keep your wording informal, fun and simple --- just like your event. If you print your invitations with fun fonts and artful paper, you're bound to entice guests to attend.

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Things you need

  • Sample barbecue invitation wording
  • Invitation stationary
  • Computer and printer or pen

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    Choose a wording style. You might write a playful, rhyming verse or a straightforward, informational message. Either way, keep the tone light and casual. For inspiration, find sample BBQ invitation wording on Write out or type out several samples beforehand, to see which wording will work best for your party theme and invitations.

  2. 2

    Give the vital information about your barbecue. List the names of the host(s), the reason for the gathering, the time and date of the event, the location (with address) of the barbecue, the dress style and an RSVP date. Also give a phone number or e-mail address where guests can RSVP.

  3. 3

    Add any special instructions. Let guests know about rain dates and parking options. If your barbecue is also a potluck, let guests know what kinds of dishes they should bring.

  4. 4

    Buy invitation stationary, and write or print your invitations. Barbecue-themed invitations can be found on sites like,, and more.

Tips and warnings

  • According to etiquette expert Emily Post, you should send your invitations three weeks to several days before your barbecue.

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