Your holiday party planning is underway, but one crucial step you need to take early on is preparing and sending out Christmas party invitations. After all, the festivities won’t be much fun without folks to share them with! 😯
In addition to sending off your Christmas cards, get those invitations designed and out to everyone on your nice list.
Our tips and insight will help you choose the right style and type for your seasonal celebration.
Etiquette for Christmas Party Invitations
When party planning, it helps to know who’s coming to help make your holiday get-together super special. However, make sure you don’t commit any invitation faux-pas!
Read on for the etiquette scoop you need to know before getting those Christmas party invites in the mail:
Who should be invited to the Christmas Celebration?
Who you invite to your Christmas get-together depends on the type of party you want to have. It could be friends only, family only, friends and family, or coworkers.
It really comes down to who do you want to host at this particular event. You can also choose to have an adults-only affair, festivities for families with kids, or a ladies-only crafting & DIY occasion.
When should the Christmas party invites be sent out?
Many people find that their calendars are jam-packed with things to do during the holidays. Ensure that your friends and family can attend your event by inviting them early, about 6 weeks before the party date.
Keep in mind that it’ll take some extra time to design and send invitations by mail. Please allow enough time for order processing & shipping time if hard copy custom invitations are being ordered.
The Fundamentals of Christmas Party Invitations
Every party invitation needs to give guests some necessary info about the event.
These are the absolutely essential party details that you have to include on your invites:
Your invitees probably have a lot going on at the holidays, so make the party date clear. This helps them determine right away whether or not they’ll be able to attend on that specific day.
Let your invitees know what time to show up for the fun! If you’ve booked a venue, include the start and end times so that guests know how long the party will last.
VENUE/ LOCATION/ ADDRESS
Where will the party be held? Guests need to know where to show up for the holiday bash, so include the address and/or venue name.
Include your name and your contact information, whether it’s a phone number or an email address. Pick a date that you’d like to receive the RSVPs by and include that, as well.
If you’ve chosen a special theme for your Christmas party, let guests know what it is. For some themes, you’ll need to give them specific details so that they can come prepared.
*Optional Information to Include
The Do’s & Don’ts for Christmas Party Invitations
Before you begin designing your beautiful Christmas party invites, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
Let these dos and don’ts be your guide as you plan, create, and send out your invitations:
DO Coordinate your Christmas invites with the party theme. Think Colors and/or Design!
DO spell the couples and your guests’ names correctly!
DO Include all the important & necessary basic info (see above for The Fundamentals of Christmas Party Invitations).
DON’T Mention gifts, unless only to say, “No Gifts Needed” or if it is a “Christmas Gift Exchange” theme party.
DO Proofread your Christmas invites before they are sent. Trust us, typos and date misprints are NEVER a good thing!
DO Send out the invitations at least 6 weeks in advance for an informal Christmas Celebration or 10 weeks in advance if you are hosting a more formal affair. Remember, Christmas is a busy time of year for many folks.
DO Use engaging language. Have fun with your Christmas party invitations – Remember, you want each and every invited guest to want to be at your Holiday Bash!
Christmas Invitation Wording Examples
Christmas invitation wording will get your guests excited as they anticipate the fun! Choose wording that suits the style and the vibe you’re hoping to achieve with your holiday get-together.
We’ve highlighted a few samples to help you set the tone for the merry celebration:
Simple & Classic Christmas Party Invitations Wording
Highlight the traditional Christmas elements that will make your festivities so special with simple & classic wording:
Wording for Christmas Gift Exchange Invitations
Get your party guests excited for a gift exchange with these warm and inviting words:
Holiday Brunch Invitation Wording
Prepare to host the most enticing holiday brunch of the season with this wording style:
Christmas Eve Open House Wording
Let guests know that you’re waiting with open arms on Christmas Eve with wording that’s perfect for an open house event:
Hard Copy Paper Invitation versus Online Invitation
As you get ready to go over your guest list and let everyone on it know about the fun you’ve got planned, you need to choose an invitation type.
While we once only had the option of sending invites in the mail, today we can select from the traditional invite or an electronic notification.
Perhaps you love the look and feel of a traditional hardcopy invitation that you can hold in your hands.
If you’re tech-savvy and prefer to keep the paper you use at a minimum, you may be more inclined to go with an online invitation.
We weigh the pros and cons of each to help you determine which style is right for your upcoming Christmas soiree:
Hard Copy Invite Pros:
- A traditional and elegant way to invite guests to an event
- Many creative ideas and playful designs to choose from
- Provides guests with a visual reminder of the event that they can actually hold and keep
Hard Copy Invite Cons:
- Takes time to create, print, address, and mail out
- Costs money for the invites themselves and the postage to mail them
- You have to track down home addresses and some guests may lose or never receive the invite
Online Invite Pros:
- Tons of beautifully designed options available today
- Easy to create and send out to every guest on your list with a click
- Can customize designs to match your celebration’s theme
Online Invite Cons:
- Doesn’t provide a tangible reminder of the party details that guests can hold and keep
- Some guests may not receive if they’ve changed their number or email address
- Not every guest goes online or uses a cell phone
Hard Copy Christmas Invitation Ideas
Once you decide to go with a classic hard copy Christmas party invite, you need to narrow down the type.
Luckily, there’s a variety of affordable and attractive options:
Handwritten Christmas Party Invitations
Take the time to create a custom, handwritten invitation. Guests will appreciate the personalization and the effort.
Computer Printout Invitation
Keep it simple by printing out your invitations right at home. All of the details will be neatly typed on your invites, and you can simply pop them in envelopes and send them on their way!
Come up with a creative invitation that matches the party theme. DIY is the best way to completely customize every aspect of your invites.VISIT OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS PINTEREST BOARD FOR INSPIRATION!
Generic Store Bought Invitation
Short on time and seeking to keep things as simple as can be? Purchase packs of generic invitations. They come with envelopes, so all you have to do is fill in the party details, add addresses and postage, and send them out to your guest list. These types of invites can be found at local Party Supply Store or Dollar Store
Custom Christmas Party Invitations
Step up your Christmas party invitations by going with a custom design. There are so many talented designers who can help you achieve a look you’ll love for your special holiday celebration.You can find awesome vendors on Etsy!
Online & Electronic Christmas Party Invitations
Online Christmas party invitations make notifying your guests of the event fast and easy, without sacrificing style. Choose from simple to stunning invite designs, add your info, and send to your guest list with just a quick click.
We recommend any and all of these awesome online & electronic invite services:
Hundreds of independent artists offer their beautiful original designs on Minted, making it easy to find just the right look for your party. You can print and send via snail mail, or send your modern and fresh invitation out electronically.
Evite is the easy and modern way to connect with invitees. Choose from tons of fun designs and send off invites for free, or pay for a premium look.
With PunchBowl, you’ll enjoy the ease of inviting everyone on your guest list after creating a cool online invite. Keep tabs on RSVPs as they come in.
Choose from stunning designs that look just as gorgeous as hardcopy invites. Add photos, fill in your event details, and send off polished invitations via email or by text message.
Put a smile on their faces with a SmileBox invite! Create animated invitations complete with music and personal photos. Track RSVPs in real-time as you get ready for your holiday bash.
Sound the Party Horns!A fabulous Christmas party starts with sending an invitation to everyone on your guest list. Whether you opt for an online invite or a traditional hardcopy style, the result is the same. Your invitees will be able to plan ahead so they can join the fun holiday festivities.
So get to work choosing your style, selecting the design, adding your party details, and getting them sent off with plenty of time to spare. 😀
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