A Bit of Etiquette:
What better excuse to have a party than simply cocktails!! As always, when sending invitations, keep in mind that sooner is better. A rule of thumb is two to four weeks before the event. Also remember that the bigger the city or if your event falls on a Holiday weekend, even more notice is required.
The vital statistics to include on the invitation would be: the purpose of the invitation, day and date of the event, time, name of place, location of place, name of host/ hostess and an R.S.V.P. if desired.
If there is a theme to the party such as "Mardi Gras", "Derby", "Wine Tasting", "Cupcakes & Cocktails", (the possibilities are endless not to mention a blast) - this will need to be explained on the invitation as well so guests will know what to expect.
If finger foods or desserts are being served in addition to the cocktails, it is always helpful to include a little verbiage hinting at your menu intent so that guests will eat accordingly before coming.
It is considered in bad taste to include such verbiage as "No children allowed". Therefore, if this is your intent, a few well placed phone calls and word of mouth will have to suffice.
There are endless ways in which to word a cocktail party invitation and we have included some standard wording as well as some of our favorite more creative options below: