Your Friendsgiving invitations will set the tone for the entire party. It’s the opening salvo to a good time.
But not just any invitation will do. After all, this is a holiday designed to get the people who are closest to you together for a helluva good time.
The biggest challenge when creating a unique invitation is to walk the fine line between sharing essential information and being awesomely creative. Remember that Friendsgiving is unlike other holidays with mandated obligations. This is a celebration that is all about fun and togetherness. Your invitation should reflect a good time. You can be looser and freer than you would with many other holidays.
INCLUDE THE ESSENTIALS ON YOUR FRIENDSGIVING INVITATIONS
You can have the coolest invitation on the planet, but if it doesn’t communicate the nitty gritty details of the party itself, then it’s pretty much pointless. First up, you want to treat your invites like a seventh grade current events project. You’ll need the “who” (who is throwing the party), the “what” (be clear that it’s Friendsgiving), the “where” (I mean, people gotta know where they are going!) and the “when” (duh). It might sound silly, but when working on a creative invitation, you would be amazed how many people lose sight of the invite’s actual function.
We here at Friendsgiving Ideas also recommend that you include a répondez s’il vous plait (RSVP). Even if the event is a laidback affair, as the host, it is imperative to know how many people you are hosting and who will be in attendance. This will not only allow you to produce a better event, but will save you time and money as well.
If you are holding specific events at Friendsgiving, or want folks to bring a specific items, the back of your invitation is a place to consider including this info.
FRIENDSGIVING INVITATIONS WERE BORN TO GO DIGITAL
We are big fans of digital Friendsgiving invites for many reasons. They are obviously less expensive and better for the environment. But the biggest reason is that you have the ability to make this a true community event by letting the invitees see who is or is not attending. You also can use services like eVite, Punchbowl, Paperless Post, or of course Facebook, as a shared community to divvy up who is bringing what. No one needs six bottles of Rum Chata and not enough salads.
The digital Friendsgiving invite options will save you time, letting you pour more time into the actual event.
If digital invites have a drawback, it’s that the initial invitation, as well as any reminder emails, can easily get lost in the shuffle. There’s something to be said for a printed invitation that is attractive that gets hung on the fridge or is kept in a highly visible location.
There are tons of invitation templates available for Friendsgiving events but there is nothing cooler and more authentic than making your own. This allows you to put your own personal touch on the wording and the art.
Pressed for time or ideas? Take to etsy where there is no shortage of creative folks standing by to make you look like an artistic champ.
WHAT’S THE FRIENDSGIVING INVITATION TREND?
There has been a growing number of people including a picture of themselves on the invitation for the party. When it comes to Friendsgiving, this can be a good approach. After all, the people you are inviting are likely the people you know the best. You can be a little quirky and a little weird; you can just be yourself. Unlike Thanksgiving where you need to conform in order we are real family to get along and to make your life easier, this is an event where creativity is embraced. Check out these creative selfie hacks.
The Yapp app has created a mark in the event planning space. Create a quickie app that will allow your inner circle to reply, chat and stay in the know on everything Friendsgiving related.