You can’t have a party without people – so let’s talk about the most important piece of party planning – party invitations! Specifically, when to send it and how to send it.
Here are 5 TIPS for Sending Party Invitations!
Send the invitation at least ONE MONTH before your event. For birthday parties and baby showers it is nice to give your guests at least a month’s notice, or more if you can. People’s calendars fill up so fast these days! For larger events (weddings, etc) even more time (at least 3 months) is appreciated, or think about sending a Save the Date if you are still deciding on a theme, etc.
Kids love getting “old fashioned” mail! Use your school directory or email parents for addresses and put the invitation in the mail – addressed to the child. They will love getting it! I love paper invites and my favorite place to print them is through Costco (online only) their stationary cards are great quality and really affordable! You can also print out 5×7 photo prints (select matte finish) for another affordable and quick way to print.
If you don’t have time to print invites and address them – you can always email or text them! Check out this blog post that walks you through how to insert an image into an email, so it doesn’t show up as just an attachment.
If you want to go the electronic route Evite is another good option. They have a lot of design options and you can even upload your own image to Evite! It’s easy to track RSVPs as well and send reminders about the party. Other online options are: Punchbowl, Smilebox, Paperless Post, Greenvelope (some of these online senders charge a fee).
On the invite (paper or e-version) make sure you have an RSVP contact name with email or phone number. It is nice from a planning standpoint (to know how much food to have, or give a headcount to a venue) to know who is coming and letting your child know who can make it to the party is exciting for them too!