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Dinner Event Planning
Guest List & Invites
Dinner Party Planning
Dinner Menu Planning
Birthday Dinner Party
Getting Started Basics
Setting | Seating | Serving
Dinner Party Checklist
Dinner Party Themes
Dinner Party Etiquette
Dinner Shopping Lists
Guest List & Invites
The Cocktail Hour
Selecting the Music
Making the Guest List & Dinner Party Invites
by your most
, dinner party invitations can be extended
two (2) weeks in advance
. In the case of a very formal dinner, you may send out invitations up to one month in advance.
tone of the invitation
convey the formality
of the dinner, the
the more your guests will expect
. Keep this in mind when planning and budgeting for your event.
The Guest List
Because of a
finite number of seats
effort and expense
necessary to prepare a meal for each person, dinner parties require an
exact number of confirmed guests
Your dinner party’s
depends largely on the
interaction, charm and interest
. In addition to each individual, you must also carefully consider the
mixture of personalities
Begin by making a list, in order of importance, of everyone you would like to invite.
If you have a guest of honor, add any of their close friends you feel should be included. Be sure to list some alternates, in case your top picks are unable to attend.
Include one or more fun and
, ideally one for every four persons at a dinner party. These guests will have a large impact on how others will remember your party, so choose
positive, bubbly, vivacious, confident, intelligent characters
In fact, everyone you invite will
reflect directly on you
with your other guests.
and invite good guests that add to the party and make you look good.
Eliminate anyone that is negative
, depressing, or just always seems to see the bad side of things.
Also remember that the
secret to fantastic parties are (good) surprise
s, so whenever possible create a mix of people where everyone
does not know each other
Because the combination of guests is as important as each individual at a dinner party,
inviting by phone allows you to adjust the guest list as you determine who can attend
. Be sure to
follow-up by email
with all of the details.
Let each guest know that you called because it is important to you that they can attend and that you will email them the particulars. Be sure to
get their email address
and/or confirm that the one you have for them is the best one to use.
Unless your dinner party is particularly formal or commemorative, such as a 50th wedding anniversary,
emailed invitations, via Evite.com
, are an excellent way to
manage your parties
This free site helps you
create and send your party invitations
manage your guest addresses and RSVPs
, and will
send out reminder
s before the party.
Furthermore, the first
of your Evite invitation will convey festivity and create excitement in anticipation of a well-coordinated theme party.
invitation consistent with your theme
and “dinner party”. Use the invitation text and/or title to identify the theme and any special purpose, such as a birthday or anniversary.
“design your own” option
lets you choose each component to use, and is a great solution for
. You simply select the background, text color, and graphics to display. If you are particularly ambitious, you can upload your own pictures to be used.
Evite will also provide a
link to Google maps
on the invitation, but be sure to verify that the map is correct.
Facebook offers a text-based “Event” option to invite guests and handle RSVPs. This option is
great to follow-up with details
when making invitations by phone.
In addition to the basics
about the party, if applicable, include:
Any special driving instructions
Guidance on parking
Specifics on how to get in to the party
Suggested dress, if any
Any after dinner plans
Now is time to start planning all the fun details, starting with the