Being a hostess doesn’t have to be stressful-or expensive-with these dinner party invitation ideas. Customize your invitations according to the type of party you plan to host. For example, metallic card stock or calligraphy might be appropriate for a formal gathering, but cute rubber stamps and fun colors are more suitable for a casual dinner. You can find all of these materials at craft stores and discount stores, but you probably have most of it around the house!
Formal Dinner Party Invitations
The invitation sets the stage for a formal dinner party. Whether you’re hosting family or old friends, it’s best to make the dress code clear so guests don’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt. I like to use metallic embellishments with a white background and one solid color. Buy silver or gold card stock from a craft store and use it as a backing for your invitations.
White lace doilies are great for the trim; just cut half inch sections and line the edges of the card stock with glue. Next, write the dinner party details in the center on a solid colored square of paper with a calligraphy pen. You can use an ink set or buy a calligraphy marker for a few dollars that may be easier to use. If calligraphy isn’t your thing, try permanent markers for a bolder look. Though darker colors look striking against a metallic background, you may need metallic permanent markers so guests can read everything clearly. Dinner party invitations with silver print on a black background always look polished and sophisticated!
Semi- Formal Party Invitations
You can also make creative invitations for a semi-formal gathering such as an evening tea party or girl’s night out. Ribbon has been an up and coming trend recently, and it’s inexpensive if you pick it up at your local discount store. Save time by printing the party information on card stock at home, and experiment with these ribbon ideas.
Thinner sized ribbon in bright colors like red or azul really pop against a plainer background. Just tie a bow and hot glue it securely to the top center of the card stock. Or use a bigger sized ribbon in a translucent color, and fasten it around the middle of the invitation. Secure the ends together on the back of the card stock with hot glue. This technique creates extra flair without interfering with the guests’ ability to read the text.
Casual Party Invitations
For a children’s dinner party or evening barbeque, photo invitations are fun, easy, and cheaper than you may think. You can upload your picture, format the text, and websites like Snapfish will ship your processed photo invitations right to your door. If you have photo paper, upload your favorite photo of the birthday girl and print it along with the dinner party information. Printing in black and white will create a timeless look, while colored photos tend to look more animated. Either way, have fun with photo invitations and give your guests a dinner party invitation they won’t lose!