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Invitations are the first introduction to your wedding reception, baby shower or party.

They set the tone as well as set the date!

Party invitation etiquette

When sending out invitations, be sure to plan ahead at least several weeks in advance so guests can save the date to join you. That goes double for wedding invitations -- especially if you're inviting a number of far away friends and relatives who must make travel plans and arrange for an overnight hotel stay

Most invitations always include WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and RSVP details. For kids' birthdays, it's also nice to let busy parents know the start and end times of your party.

Traditionally, driving directions to the church and/or reception hall are also include in wedding invitations, especially if guests are arriving from out of town.

Also, since this will be the first time guests have traveled to a new destination, driving directions are also usually a good idea to include for housewarming parties.

Party or wedding invitation ideas range anywhere from formal to fun and, depending on the occasion, you can either buy them from a local card shop, order them online, or create them yourself using a home printer and easily available invitation clip art from around the Web.

Party invitation wording ideas

Stuck on how to word a custom made party invite? Here are some suggestions to get you started with fun cover headline wording for some of the most popular party themes:

• For a 2 year old birthday: "Turning 2 is so much fun. Let's have a party second to none!"
• For a 60th birthday: "Aged to Perfection", or "Sexy 60."
• For a 70th birthday: "Look who's pushing 70" (with a picture of a speedometer)
• For a baby shower: "Heard the forecast? It's a baby shower!"
• For a pirate party: "X marks the spot for a fun pirate party!" or "Shake your booty!"
• For an Elmo theme birthday party: "Elmo says .... B is for Birthday!"
• For a Star Wars theme birthday party: "Come to the best party in the galaxy!" or "You're invited to an out of this world Star Wars party!"

Finding an appropriate invitation and the right wording sometimes can be a challenge, but there's more help on the way up ahead, where you'll find great ideas for the right look, the right words, or the right price for your announcements and invitations...

More party invitation ideas around the Web: - Invitation Ideas - Cute and clever homemade projects for kids' birthday party invitations including baseball, fashion show and pirate themes with instructions, wording.

The Etiquette of Wedding Invitation Enclosures - From, with expert advice on creating your wedding announcement, invitations, response & reception cards with sample wording & layout formats, tips on proper titles & address. - Find a treasure trove of related recipes, drink ideas, party games & activities to go along with tons of free online holiday, seasonal, and birthday,party invitations and announcements.

Do It Yourself Invitations - Ideas, instructions and resources for making your own birthday party, wedding and baby shower invites.

The Quote Garden - From serious to witty with famous quotes and sayings for to do-it-yourself birthday, wedding, baby shower, or holiday invitations and lots more listed by category.

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