Events such as birthday parties, weddings, graduation parties and Super Bowl gatherings typically call for an invitation. Invitations can be either formal or informal, depending on personal preference and the event, and can contain whatever information the host wishes to provide. But party invitations almost always must include what, when, where and RSVP information.
The invitation should represent the theme and formality of the event. While the information listed on invitations to different events may be very similar, the theme and tone of the invitation should reflect each party's atmosphere. For example, baby shower invitations will typically look different than a 12-year-old's birthday party invitations.
Invitations for any party should include the host's name and the purpose of the gathering. This information is typically listed first on the invitation.
Always make sure to inform your guests of the specific date and time of your party. Many people have busy schedules, so sometimes it is important to get the invitations out to the intended guests as early as possible. Although it depends on the event, a good rule of thumb is to notify guests about two months in advance.
It is important to include the exact address of the location of the party. It is very likely that not everybody who gets an invitation will know exactly where your designated location is. It is a good idea to include a map of your neighborhood or the general surroundings of the party's location.
RSVP is the abbreviation for "répondez s'il vous plait," which translates from French as "respond if it pleases you." On most invitations today, RSVP typically means the host would like you to call and confirm if you and any other guests are planning to attend.