How to word funny birthday invitations

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How to word funny birthday invitations
Writing your own birthday invitation shows the recipient how much you care. (Christmas gift w blank card image by Brenda Carson from

Birthday invitations are often the gateway to the party. They set the tone of the party and give the celebrators something to look forward to. Writing a good birthday invitation is completely reliant on the wording and structure of the sentences or phrases that you use. It has to be something that is not only relatable, but easy to comprehend for the reader. That way, the jokes being told are maximised in their hilarity. A funnily-worded birthday card can make anyone's birthday party a success.

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  1. 1

    Keep the phrases simple. Remember that it is not a literature essay or a science paper, it is a birthday card. Keep the phrases light and easy to understand. This is not just to keep it dumb, but to keep it fun. Use words like "funny," "laugh," "happy," "old," or "giant;" not words like "undesirability," "mirthful," "ancient," or "gargantuan."

  2. 2

    Make the joke hook obvious, but do not give too much away. The most effective birthday invitation will have the joke's hook on the front of the card and the punch line inside the card. Most funny birthday cards are only two to three lines long with around 20 to 40 words. Stick to this general structure. On the front of the card, write the first half of the joke, but not the punch line. Make it something that causes the reader to be interested in opening the card. Age jokes are often effective. One example is, "At our party, there are going to be hot dancers." This is a clear hook because the reader will be interested in what is on the inside that is in reference to hot dancers.

  3. 3

    Regulate the punch line, keeping it short. The punch line should portray the joke easily without being wordy. The shorter the punch line, the funnier it tends to be. A punch line with 30 words will get boring because it appears as though you are trying to force humour through explanation. The punch line to the hook in Step 1 is, "So bring your dance shoes and let's hope the electrician fixes the A/C." Stay below 15 words, if possible.

  4. 4

    Write the joke so that it is pertinent to your audience. Just because it is a birthday does not mean that you have to use an age joke. Use jokes about money and gifts as well. For example, "For my birthday, I do not want you to bring any gifts." And then on the inside, it reads, "But there will be a £65 cover charge." Another example is, "For my birthday, I am going to give everyone a present." On the inside, it can say "My presence." These jokes will cause your audience to laugh, setting the tone of your birthday before the party even begins.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to include the party's location, what food is provided, when the party is and any other pertinent information.

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