Tips for New Year's Party Invitations

December 3, 2009

Whether it's a huge blow-out with hundreds of guests or an intimate dinner party at home, every New Year's Eve celebration requires an invitation. Here are three ideas to design New Year's party invitations that trigger excitement and let guests know what to expect.

1. A ticket to the party For larger parties especially, include a "ticket" to the party or event, and ask that guests bring the ticket to gain entrance. There are a few ways to create a ticket: You could try a simple flyer insert or a glossy business card-sized insert; or you could print up a more realistic ticket or event pass that will look professional and valuable. A ticket will make the party seem "exclusive" and will spark guests' interest (in case they were on the fence about attending!). Tickets also eliminate a need for a guest list and will help keep the line at the door moving. 2. Resolution stickers A resolution sticker is like a badge that partygoers can wear, announcing their New Year's resolution to other guests. Resolution stickers are great conversation starters and can be a lot of fun. Hosts can mail out blank resolution stickers in the New Year's invitation cards, instructing guests to fill them out and bring them to the event. Or, it may be easier for hosts to print out stickers ahead of time and have them at the door to the party or near the drinks for partygoers to fill out and wear. Try printing up blank stickers that read, "My 2010 resolution is ..." or pre-print some of the most common resolutions onto stickers, such as lose weight and quit smoking, and have guests choose. 3. Menu and information Use a flyer insert or brochure to let guests know about additional information such as the party's menu, timeline, a list of local cab companies and transportation -- and other important information. If you are hosting a sit-down dinner or just serving passed appetizers, a menu is a great way to let guests know if they should eat ahead of time or if they should arrive with an empty stomach. If you are serving any special New Year's-themed cocktails, it's always great to list those on the invitation. If you'd like guests to bring any food or beverages to your event, then include that information on the insert as well.

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