Before you can host an epic New Year’s bash, you need to get the word out to your invitees. Prep your guest list and then get to work on creating the perfect invites for your exciting event. To help you get started, we’ve got a ton of helpful New Year invitation ideas, etiquette advice, and much more.
New Year Invitation Etiquette
When planning a soiree for New Year’s Eve, it’s likely you have some common etiquette questions. Luckily we’ve got the insight and answers to help you stay in sync with the traditional protocol:
Who should be invited to a New Years Celebration?
Who you invite can depend on the type of celebration that you’re planning. For a smaller, more intimate party, you may want to stick to just close friends and family. For larger, open house style celebrations, you can expand your guest list to include co-workers and acquaintances in addition to close friends and family members. Family affair? You can open it up to include kids, or you may choose to have an adults-only get-together. No matter what type of New Year’s party you plan, you should open it up to include plus ones so that individuals can bring a date since it can be a romantic evening for many!
When should the New Year party invites be sent out?
As you know, New Year’s Eve is very popular for parties and celebrations. Your friends and family will be making their plans well in advance of the night, so you should invite them as soon as you have the party plans nailed down. To ensure that guests can plan to attend your bash, send out the invitations at least 4 weeks before the event. The hectic holiday season is a busy time for everyone, so giving your guests an invitation several weeks in advance will help them to prepare for the fun.
Keep in mind that if you order custom hard copy invitations, you need to allow enough time for order processing and shipping. That means you’ll likely want to start choosing your New Year invitation design in late November to give guests enough notice.
The Basics to Include on a New Year Invitation
Every good party invitation has to include some basic info that invitees need to know. Here are the essential details that your New Years party invitations should have:
It’s probably obvious, but just to be on the safe side, clearly note the date of the celebration so guests can plan ahead.
Let your guests know what time to arrive for the fun. If you have set hours for the event, especially if it’s being held at a venue, note both the start and end times for the party.
VENUE/ LOCATION/ ADDRESS
Guests need to know where to show up for the big event. Include the venue name and address. If the party is being held at a home, be sure to include the full address. Add any helpful details for guests who may not have been to the home before so that they can find it easily.
Be sure to include your name, since you’re hosting the soiree. Give guests a way to respond, whether it’s a phone number or email address.
If you’ve chosen a party theme, you may want to include it on the invite. It can help guests decide what to wear, what to bring, or simply what to expect.
*Optional Information to Include
Do’s & Don’ts for New Years Party Invitations
Perfect your invitations by keeping these simple Do’s and Don’ts in mind as you design and address each one:
DO Coordinate your New Year invites with the party theme. Think Colors or Symbolism!
DON’T Misspell your guests’ names 😉
DO Include all the important & necessary basic info (see above for The Basics to Include on a New Year Invitation).
DON’T Not Proofread your New Year invitations before they are sent. Trust us, typos and date misprints are NEVER a good thing!
DO Send out the invitations at least 4 weeks in advance for a informal New Year Celebration or 8 weeks in advance if you are hosting a more formal affair.
DO Use engaging language. Have fun with your party invitations – Remember, you want each and every invited guest to come and ring in the New Year with you!
New Year Invitation Wording Examples
To make your New Years party invitations exciting and enticing for guests, you need to find just the right words. They can be cute and playful or simple and straight to the point. Whatever you settle on, it’s going to make guests smile as they look forward to the super fun event. Here are a few New Years invitation wording ideas to consider:
Simple & Classic New Year Invitation Wording
Basic but not boring, this wording will let guests that they’re invited for a fun time. Keep your celebration style classic with this phrasing:
New Year Invitation Wording for a Brunch
If you’re hosting a brunch to celebrate the start of a new year, you’ll want a wording style that captures the vibe. Get your guests excited for food and fun with this phrasing for invites:
Hard Copy Paper Invitation versus Online Invitation
When it comes time to create your party invitations, you’ll select from the two main types. There’s the classic hard copy invitation that traditionally gets sent out via snail mail, or handed out in-person. Alternatively, there’s the modern online invitation that can be sent via text, email or social media. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each:
Hard Copy Invite Pros:
- A classic way to invite guests to a party
- Many styles and types to select from at various price points
- Gives each invitee a tangible reminder of the upcoming event
Hard Copy Invite Cons:
- Takes time to choose, design, send, and receive
- Requires postage, as well as cost to create and print
- May not reach every guest, can get lost in transit
Online Invite Pros:
- Tons of styles and options to choose from
- Easy to send instantly
- Can keep track of RSVPs in real time
Online Invite Cons:
- Doesn’t have the same look or feel as a hard copy invite
- Not every invitee may be online or have a cell phone
- Some guests may be less impressed with an online invite
Hard Copy New Year Invitation Ideas
When opting to send hard copy invitations, there are several styles to choose from. You can select the one that best suits both your budget and taste.
Handwritten New Year Invitation
Take the time to create a handwritten invitation with a personal touch.
Computer Printout Invite
Create your invite right from your laptop or PC, and then choose your paper and printout the invites right at home.
Show off your crafty skills with a cool handmade invitation. Visit our New Year’s Party Pinterest Board for great Ideas!
Generic Store Bought New Year Invitation
Easy and affordable, generic invitations will save you time while giving guests the details they need. Can be found at local Dollar Store or Party Supply Store.
Custom NYE Party Invitation
Step up your NYE party style with a custom invite that offers a unique design. You can find great vendors on Etsy!
Online & Electronic New Years Party Invitations
Stay on top of your guest list with ease by sending out an online invitation. If you prefer to go for this modern invite style, you’ve got quite a few great online & electronic invitation options to consider:
Create a cool invitation for free, or choose from hundreds of beautiful premium designs. Evite lets you send via text with the mobile app and easily track RSVPs.
Minted offers a wide variety of both paperless and hard copy invitations. Choose from gorgeous designs by independent artists.
Customize a PunchBowl invitation and send out via text or email. They’re easy to make and free to send to your guest list.
Browse hundreds of beautiful designs at Paperless Post before settling on the perfect one. Customize your invitations by adding your event details, photos, and text before sending out via email or text.
With Smilebox, you can send out animated invitations, add music, your own photos, and more. It’s the easy way to organize your guest list, give invitees the details they need, and track RSVPs.
Sound the Party Horns!Start your NYE party planning off right with well-designed invitations. Whether you choose a classic hard copy style or a more modern online invite, the goal is to give guests the party details they need to know. Invitations ensure that the New Year’s festivities you’ve got planned will be enjoyed with some or all of your favorite people.
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