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Birthday party invitation wording

Birthdays: they always come round so quickly.

Before you know it, another year has gone by and it’s time to get that party planned. Whether the whole of your daughter’s reception class will be invading your living room, or you’re seeing out your twenties in style at a rooftop bar, you’ll need to get the word out to friends and family.

That means birthday party invitations. But what to write? Thankfully, we’ve put together a few tips, so you can spend less time writing and more time baking that ambitious Disney cake. Here’s our guide to birthday party invitation wording.

How to write a birthday invitation

When you break it down, working out your birthday invitation text is nice and simple. Think about the information the recipient needs to know: the ‘who, what, when and where’ (plus any extra details, and the all-important RSVP).

Who?

Let’s start at the beginning – whose birthday is it? If it’s yours, make that clear by including your name. Or, if you’re throwing a party for someone else, mention their name and explain that you’re the host by asking people to RSVP to you (more on that below).

What?

It might sound obvious, but tell your guests what you’re inviting them to: a birthday party. If it’s a low-key affair that needs no more explanation, you can leave it at that. But if there are more details about the nature of your party that guests need to know – a theme, say, or what type of party it is (drinks in the pub, a barbecue, a costume party) – include a short explanation here.

When?

Perhaps the most important part of your birthday party invitation wording is the date, so don’t forget it! Make sure it’s clearly stated, along with the time you’d like your guests to arrive. You can include an end time too, if you have somewhere booked (or want to give yourself time for the big clean-up after everyone’s left).

Where?

Another essential part of your birthday invitation wording is the details of your venue. Make sure there’s enough information for people to find their way there – no one wants to spend the first hour of their party replying to a glut of messages about postcodes and street numbers.

Extra details

Is there anything else you want your guests to know? For example, you might ask them to bring drinks or food, or tell them about the dress code. Or, you may need everyone to know that it’s a surprise party – you wouldn’t want someone spoiling the big reveal.

RSVP

Finally, ask your invitees to let you know whether they can attend or not. Include your contact details and, if you want, a date by which they should respond.

The anatomy of a birthday invitation


Come and celebrate
ANTONIA’S 25TH BIRTHDAY

Disco-themed drinks and dancing at
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, EC2A 3JX

Saturday 31 August
Eight till late

Dress code: 70s disco glam

RSVP by 23 August to
antonia@email.com

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Birthday invitation wording for adults

Birthday parties come in different shapes and sizes, so it’s a good idea to think about what type of bash you’re throwing before you write your birthday invitation text. Will it be a grand, formal occasion, or a couple of pints at your local? Is there a special milestone being celebrated? Whatever it is, try to strike the right tone in your invitation. Here are a few examples:

Formal

Please join us to celebrate

Jonathan’s birthday

with cocktails and canapés
at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington

Saturday 14th September

Guests are requested to arrive from 6 p.m.

Dress code: black tie

Please RSVP by 17th August to
Mr and Mrs McKenzie
Mckenzie@email.com


Casual

Fingers crossed for good weather, it’s…

HANNAH’S BIRTHDAY BBQ!

Saturday 14th September, 3 p.m.
14 Oak Terrace, Leicester, LE99 9QH

You bring the drinks, I’ll provide the food

RSVP to hannah@email.com or 0712347878


Milestone

Shhh…we’re throwing a SURPRISE dinner for

Nabila’s 50th birthday

Join us at
Malmaison Hotel, Newcastle

Friday 13th September
7.30 p.m. prompt

And remember: don’t tell the birthday girl!

RSVP to Richard by 30th August
richard@email.com

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Birthday invitation wording for kids

We know that planning a children’s party can often be akin to a military operation, so here are some examples of birthday invitation wording for kids to help make one of your tasks that little bit easier:

Formal

Jane and Ade would like to invite you to

Alisha’s birthday party

Sunday 15th September
1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

54 Knowle Road
Bristol
BS57 1EZ

Buffet and drinks provided

Please RSVP to Jane by 20th August: 0736444551


Casual

It’s Finn’s birthday!

Join us for games, balloons and lots of cake

Saturday 23rd November
2 p.m. onwards

26 Johnstone Street, L86 2PN

RSVP to Katie
katie@email.com


Milestone

ZAINAB IS TURNING 1

Join us to celebrate her first year

Cake and nibbles at
Arch Fields Play Park
G85 6WX

Sunday 16 June
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

RSVP to Malik: 071100975

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Themed birthday party wording

Whether you’re an actual kid or just a big kid, themed parties are often the best ones. You’ll need to make sure your guests know what to expect though, so include all the important details in your birthday invitation text – and why not be a little creative, too?

Themed invitation examples for kids

Pirate party

A-harrr, me hearties, it’s

BEN’S 6TH BIRTHDAY!
Join us for pirate fun and games, or walk the plank!

Sunday 2 February
12–4 p.m.

Foley Church Centre
SA82 5RF

RSVP to Ella: ella@email.com


Animal party

Join us at
Priti’s animal birthday party

Come dressed as your favourite animal for jungle games and cake!

Sunday 4 August
1 p.m. onwards

18 Edinburgh Way
SW22 8PJ

RSVP to Asha
0756134592


Disney party

DAISY IS FIVE

We’re celebrating with a
Disney-themed birthday party

Dress up as your favourite Disney character
and join us for party games and a buffet

Sunday 6th October
One till four

82 Greenway Road
Reading
RG97 8YT

RSVP to Marius: marius@email.com

Themed invitation examples for adults

Sports day party

You are invited to
THEO’S BIRTHDAY SPORTS DAY

Dust off your PE kit and join me for
rounders, cricket and croquet

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Saturday 25th May
2 p.m.

Please bring food and drink for the picnic!

RSVP: theo@email.com


Eighties party

Go back in time to ’89
at

TOM AND JEN’S 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Join us for an eighties-themed night of drinking and dancing

Bermondsey Social Club

Saturday 28th September
8 p.m. till 2 a.m.

Dress code: eighties chic

RSVP by September 7th
tomjen30@email.com