Q:

How should you write an invitation letter for a dinner?

A:

Quick Answer

Dinner invitation letters should be written with specific details, including the date, the event, names of senders, whether it is an adult-only reception and a request for guests to RSVP to a specific number. The letter's other specific contents should be tailored to the sender's party.

Continue Reading
How should you write an invitation letter for a dinner?
Credit: Thomas Barwick Stone Getty Images

Full Answer

The invitation must include the dinner party date. When writing the date, the year can be written numerically, but the day of the party is typically spelled out in letters. The letter should also note why the special event is necessitating the invitation, such as celebrating the return of an old friend. The names of the party's host should be written including title and last name, although this is not required for invitations to informal parties.

The formal way to indicate that children are not invited is to write that it is an adult reception. Requesting that guests RSVP helps the sender prepare for the party by providing an accurate account of how many invited guests to expect to attend.

For informal invitations, the key information is the same but can be presented in a more relaxed manner. This includes not using formal titles, including humor in the invitation, telling guests what food to look forward to and telling them who else has been invited. Informal letters can be sent by email as well as by traditional mail.

Learn more about Invitations

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do I write an invitation letter?

    A:

    Write an invitation letter by introducing the host, presenting important information about the event, detailing when a response is needed, mentioning special requirements of the guest, and then expressing your appreciation for the guest's attendance. You need stationary and a pen. Writing the letter takes under 30 minutes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a letter of invitation?

    A:

    A letter of invitation serves as a formal request for an individual's presence or attendance to an event, dinner, celebration or formal occasion. Letters of invitation are often distributed for weddings, retirement ceremonies, graduation celebrations, birthdays, anniversary parties and formal galas in the community.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What should you include in a dinner invitation?

    A:

    No matter how formal or casual the dinner, all dinner party invitations should include the names of the host, the purpose of the party, the date and time, the location, a response date and a response person with contact information. Additional helpful information includes directions to the party location and any special attire such as black tie, informal evening wear, dressy business or casual clothing.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the correct wording for a formal dinner invitation?

    A:

    The correct wording for a formal dinner invitation is placed after the name and title of the host and reads "request the pleasure of your company." The name of the host, his or her title if applicable, the invitation, and location all go on individual lines on the invitation.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore