80th Birthday Invitation Tips
Choosing the Right Invitations
Your guests’ first impression of the party comes from the invitation, so you want to choose invites that will set the perfect tone. If you’re hosting a formal party, choose elegant invitations.
If you want to use certain colors for your party, try to find invitations that reflect those colors.
If you’re planning a themed party such as a tea party, luau, or BBQ, look for invitations that reflect that theme. You can usually add the information that’s it an 80th birthday party.
For milestone birthdays, it’s fun to use photo invitations. Try to use a cute picture of the birthday celebrant as a child – it’s so much fun for everyone to see how much he or she has changed over the years! You could also choose photo invitations that allow you to use multiple photos.
When to Order Invitations
Order your invitations as soon as you’ve decided on when and where the party will be. Although you can get invitations sent to you in 2-4 days, you’ll usually pay a pretty heft expedited service fee.
Most sites take around 10 business days to print and have the invitations delivered to you (check each website for details as the shipping times vary).
You’ll then need to plan time to address the invitations and mail them.
Allow at least one week for your recipients to receive the invitation after you’ve mailed them.
When to Send Invitations
For a formal party or a large bash, it’s recommended that you send invitations out at least 8 weeks in advance. For a more casual get-together, 2-3 weeks is enough time.
Many times for an 80th birthday party, out-of-town family and friends will want to attend. To allow them time to book flights and hotel reservations, you could either send the invitations earlier, send a save-the-date card, or simply call them or email them as early as possible.
80th Birthday Invitation Wording
All party invitations should include the reason for the celebration, the date and time, and address of the party.
If needed, be sure to include RSVP information, as well as the date the guests should respond by. You can always specify “Regrets Only” if you only need to know if the invitees are not coming.
Be sure to mention any attire information – you could always add it in small letters at the bottom of the invitation.
How to Request No Gifts
In times past, it was considered quite rude to mention gifts on any type of invitation. However, it’s now considered acceptable to indicate that the honoree would prefer to not be given presents.
Birthday party etiquette suggests that attendees bring gifts to the party. If you’d prefer not to have any gifts, here are several ways to indicate that on the invitation (usually in smaller letters at the bottom)
“No gifts, please.”
“Your love and friendship is the only gift desired.”
“No gifts, please. Your presence on this special day will be the cherished gift.”
“Your presence is gift enough.”
“May your good wishes be your only gift to (celebrant’s name)”.
If you’re worried about mentioning gifts on the invitation, you can always spread the word via phone call.
Tips on Formal 80th Birthday Party Invitation Wording
For a formal event, the tone of the evening should be set by using elegant invitations.
Dates, numbers and times are usually spelled out.
An example would be:
“Please join us for cocktails to celebrate
Margaret Mann’s eightieth birthday
in the garden at 5900 Bluegate Drive
on Wednesday, the thirtieth of July
two thousand and fourteen
at eight o’clock in the evening
For clarity, the party date and year should be on separate lines.
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 1
A reason to celebrate, a reason to dine,
A reason to enjoy good company and wine…
Cynthia Johanson is turning 80!
Please join us for a delightful evening with friends.
52 West Summerset Drive
RSVP to Linda by November 1
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 4 - FUNNY
of his 21st Birthday
Henry is turning 80!
Saturday, May 19 at 6 o’clock
Dinner, Drinks, and Cake!
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 7
Please join us as we celebrate
the 80th birthday of
with cocktails and cake!
Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 pm
The Potter Residence
790 Timberpine Drive
Hosted by Elizabeth & Henry Potter
RSVP to Elizabeth at 921.894.5671
by September 15
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 2 - DANCE PARTY
You are cordially invited to come dance the night away
In honor of
Suzanne Lawson’s 80th Birthday!
Saturday, May 15
The Bright Lounge
1515 Bluegate Drive
Regrets only to Susan – 800.660.1515
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 5
80th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, October 15th
8:00 pm – Midnight
Drinks and Dancing at
Tavern on France
3809 France Avenue North
RSVP to Clea Matthews
254.556.1198 by October 1st
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 8
Allen is turning Eighty!
Please join us
For a party in his honor!
Saturday, July 21st
6 o’clock in the evening
The Italian Eatery
7085 Westview Blvd
RSVP to Janice by July 10th
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 3
Friendships are one of the few things that improve with age!
Please come celebrate Nate Madison’s
80th Birthday and a lifetime of good friendship
on July 15th at 6:30 p.m.
12211 Melbourne Ct
RSVP by July 2 to Sara
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 6 - SURPRISE PARTY
Shhh….it’s a Surprise!
Cynthia is turning 80!
Join us as we celebrate the big day
Sunday, April 30 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Capricorn Bar & Grill
55 Highlands Road
RSVP by April 10 to Kris at 555.892.0127
INVITATION SAMPLE WORDING 9
All birthdays are good,
But this one is great
So let’s get together to celebrate
Saturday, April 9th
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Carlton Community Center
8500 Pittenger Terrace
RSVP by April 1st
Rachel (816) 769-4423
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