Etiquette for the Business of Life

Having a party this fall? Then you’re most likely sending party invitations to your potential guests.

What fun to receive an invitation in the mail!

However, there is information that your guests need to know. And a good host always keeps guests well-informed.

Every invitation you send should include:

  • The name of the host(s)
  • Extending the invitation – (i.e. . . . requests the pleasure of your company, hopes you will join her, cordially invites you, would like you to join us for . . .)
  • Type of occasion – a buffet dinner, a birthday barbeque, a celebration cocktail
  • Reason for the occasion (if there is one) – to celebrate the engagement of, in honor of Susan’s 30th birthday, to ring in Fall 2014
  • Date • Time • Location
  • How to respond – RSVP to (714) 555-1212
  • Special Instructions – parking arrangements, black tie, etc.

Your party invitation should match the theme and style of your event. For a fun, laid-back gathering you may have after attending Treats in the Streets, it is appropriate to send a casually-styled invitation with illustrations of ghosts and goblins on it.

However, if it is a more formal costume party, you might send a solid black invitation with the wording in gold script. This signals to the people you invite that this party is a bit more upscale.

Electronic invitations like those created on websites, or simple email invitations are fine to send when your event is casual. For a backyard barbeque, a small cocktail party, or a clambake at the beach. But not for a wedding. You can decide to which mode of invitation your social group best responds.

No matter the formality of the invitation, the information listed above is always included. Make it as easy as possible for your guests to have all the details, and you’ll definitely have a well-attended event!

Have questions about invitations? Visit for lots more on sending invitations, and wording templates for various types of invitations.

ETIQUETTE For the Business of Life offers hands-on, practical knowledge of etiquette protocols and self-presentation. We create classes for children through adults, and customize trainings for businesses, offices, and organizations. Find out more on our website:

Published in the Sep/Oct 2014 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Candace Smith, Photograph by Aaron Jacoby

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