Extend an Invitation to a Personal Social Event • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Extend the invitation, naming the event and including the date, time, and place. If the event has a special purpose, such as honoring someone or celebrating an anniversary, state this.
2If the event is a retirement, an anniversary, or a reception, indicate if a gift is not expected. If a gift is welcome, it is usually best to say nothing, except in the cases of bridal or baby showers.
3Indicate appropriate dress, if there is any reason for question.
4Express anticipation, and ask for a response by a specific date.


The tone of an invitation is always positive, in anticipation of a pleasurable occasion. Clever phrasing, poetry or a themed approach may be appropriate for an informal occasion, but you should express the details clearly.

Example Letter #1


We're going to throw a party on Saturday, June 15, to celebrate John's fiftieth birthday with a splash! Bring your swimsuits to Robert's place by 5:00 p.m. and plan to have a great time. Of course, dress will be casual. Please RSVP regrets only by June 12 so we can plan accordingly. We hope to see you there.

Example Letter #2


We cordially invite you to attend an informal dinner in honor of John Doe's fiftieth birthday. We will celebrate the occasion at his home at 6:30 p.m. at 648 Maple Lane. Please dress casually. We request only the pleasure of your company so please, no gifts.

We look forward to receiving your R.S.V.P. by telephone at 555-5555 by February 26.

Example Letter #3


Come one, come all to the annual Maple Street Block Party! As you old-timers know, we Maple Street residents hold our block party in the intersection of Center and Maple every July. This year the party will be on Thursday, July 24, beginning at 6:00 p.m. We have several new residents in the neighborhood who we want to welcome, so it should be fun.

John Doe will be the master of ceremonies for the "neighborhood roast." Our guess is he is attempting to remove himself from the volley of appropriate insults he deserves for his Christmas decorations this year.

Please plan to come and call Jane Doe at 555-5555 to arrange food assignments. See you there!

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step


Extend the invitation, naming the event and including the date, time, and place. If the event has a special purpose, such as honoring someone or celebrating an anniversary, state this.

Example Sentences for Step 1

The parents of Jane Doe are pleased to invite you to a party at their home on May 30, 2019 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. to celebrate Jane's graduation from Doe University. Please join us on August 15, 2019, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Doe Country Club in Springfield to honor our parents on their fiftieth wedding anniversary. We are delighted to invite you to the first annual Doe family reunion on July 3, 2019, from noon to dusk at the Doe Memorial Gardens in Springfield. Mom and Dad Doe will be there, and the Johnson cousins will perform. Please help us surprise Eric on his 30th birthday, February 7, by attending a party in his honor at 7:00 p.m. at his parents' home, 648 Maple Lane. Many members of his football team will be there, including Coach Doe. Just a brief note to invite you to an informal get-together at the home of John and Jane Doe. We are pleased to invite you to join us for an evening of fun and games at the Doe mansion. We are pleased to announce the bar mitzvah of our son, Aaron, and cordially invite you to attend the service at Springfield Synagogue, on Saturday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m., and then join us for lunch afterwards. Bring your swimsuit and help John enter his fifties with a splash. The party starts at four on Saturday afternoon, June 15th. Fred is turning eight, and wants to celebrate. Come and join in the fun at his house, 28 Doe Way, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Come join us on Saturday, April 14, to celebrate Anne's eleventh birthday. We will meet inside the main entrance at 2:00 p.m. and finish up at the same place at 4:30 p.m. There will be lots of pizza and lots of fun. She's having a girl! Come to a baby shower for Jane Doe to be held at the Doe residence, 1600 Main Street, on February 16, at 3:00 p.m. Paul and I will be married on Friday, March 12, at the Springfield Art Museum. We are inviting only a few close friends and would be very happy if you could be there. I am having a slumber party on May 30 to celebrate the first day of summer vacation, and I hope you can come. We will start at 7:30. Plan on eating dinner here. Mom and Dad have been married for fifty years this month, and we would like to honor them at an open house on their anniversary. Stop in at the Doe residence, 1600 Main Street, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. We would love to see you.

Example Phrases for Step 1