How Do I Politely Ask People to Bring Some Sort of Food to a Graduation Party I'm Giving for My Son?

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How Do I Politely Ask People to Bring Some Sort of Food to a Graduation Party I'm Giving for My Son?
Ask guests to bring a dish to your party right on your invitations. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hosting a party is fun but it does require a significant amount of time, energy and money. When planning your son's graduation party you might consider asking guests bring a dish. This is an acceptable request so long as you ask them to bring a dish rather than telling them to bring a dish; most people are happy to bring a little something. A polite way to word your request is to put it right on your son's party invitation.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Request guests bring a dish on the graduation party invitation. Be creative with your request by making your guests feel like you really want their dish and value their taste.

  2. 2

    Word your request in a polite manner. Some ideas to consider:

    "In honour of our son, the graduate, please bring a dish that is quick and easy to make, along with the recipe, since Mom won't be at college to cook for him."

    Or

    "We are providing the main dish (name the dish if you'd like, such as burgers and hot dogs or chicken and steak) and we request that you bring a side dish or dessert to the party."

  3. 3

    Write your request for a side dish on half of the invitations and your request for a dessert on the other half so you don't end up with your main dish and all desserts or all side dishes.

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