Dinner Party Invitation Wording Ideas

Updated March 23, 2017

Finding the right words for dinner party invitations need not cause you stress. Most of the wording involves your party details. Note the day, date, time and location of your dinner party. Use verbiage and grammar to match the type of event. According to Emily Post's book, "Etiquette" on, hostesses may send dinner party invitations on blank invitation cards, which can accommodate invitations to a variety of less formal events.

Formal Dinner Party Invitations

Formal dinner party invitation wording may follow certain style conventions. Emily Post recommends writing formal invitations in third person. Hand write your invitations or have them printed. Spell out times and address numbers. A formal dinner party invitation might read, "Ms. Eleanor Ross requests your company for a late dinner on Thursday 12 August 2010 at nine o'clock at The Brown Palace Hotel in the Palace Arms. RSVP."

Informal Dinner Party Invitations

Set aside formalities when wording informal dinner party invitations. Print using a computer program or write by hand. Add a touch of your personality to informal dinner party invitation wording. You need not be concerned about spelling out dates, times and address numbers. An informal dinner invitation might read, "Join the Scotts as they gather friends around their hearth for a cosy winter dinner party on January 15th at 7:00 pm at 100 Brentwood Drive, Conifer, Colorado."

Outdoor Dinner Party Invitations

Word invitations to an outdoor dinner party, a barbecue, for example, to prepare invitees. Create anticipation for your part with the words with which you convey your invitation. Use a relaxed and casual tone. For example, "The Millers are rustling up some grub Marty will man the grill with his BBQ skill. Join us as we dig into the best ribs and brisket in all of Texas. Come early and stay late on Saturday July 12th at 1:00 pm at 39090 Westwood Drive, Austin, Texas. RSVP"

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