Dinner Party Invitation Wording

Mary Gormandy White
Dinner party

No matter what type of party you are planning, the invitation is the first thing that will tell guests about your event. Whether it's a simple gathering of friends or a formal affair, dinner invitation wording will let your guests know what to expect.

Sample Dinner Invitation Wording

Wording can be whatever you like for your dinner party invitation. Download a few templates included below by following Adobe tips and you'll be ahead of your party planning timeline.

Traditional Invitation

Select simple wording and classy graphics for this traditional simple wording option.

The honor of your presence is requested at location, address, on date.
For dinner and cocktails at time
Name of Hosts
RSVP: phone number and date

Traditional Invitation

Friends and Fun

The casual wording of this invitation lets guests know they don't need to dress up.

Food, Friends, Fun
You are invited for an evening of good food and conversation at the home of host's name.
Date, time
RSVP: phone number

Sorry, I'm Not Sorry! Invite

This card works best when folded, but regardless of formatting, it should feature someone's dinner waiting.

Cover: Sorry to tear you away from your dinner

Inside: But you can join host name for a lovely meal at address.
Our meal commences at time on date, so you won't even miss your own meal!
RSVP by Date

A Doggie Dinner Card

Put pictures of your favorite dogs on this fun card.

COME to our home on date.
SIT and savor dinner with cocktails.
STAY from time to time.
SPEAK to us about attending by date.
And please don't make host name BEG for your RSVP!
phone number and address

A Doggie Dinner Card

Keep Calm and Party On

Use a postcard layout and center your information.

Keep Calm!
Our annual holiday dinner party is happening on date at time and it will be epic!
RSVP to: Host names, phone number, and address

A Salty Invite

Make sure you feature a salt shaker on the front of this card!

Cover: Things are gonna get salty…

Inside: And tangy, savory, and probably decadent at host name's dinner party on date.
Get ready to get your taste on at address at time.
RSVP: phone number

The Punny Invitation

Graphics should include food items galore.

Cover: Lettuce celebrate with a dinner party at host's name!

Inside: Peas bring sides, salads, or desserts so we can have more options to get egg-cited about! Dates are welcome. Show up at date, time, address and cumin in!
RSVP: phone number

The Punny Invitation Card

Thyme for Fun

A bundle of thyme can help convey the comical nature of this card.

Cover: It's Holiday/Occasion Thyme!

Inside: Yes, the thyme for beers, cheers, and maybe even some jeers at host name's holiday dinner party!
Thyme: date, time
Come to address for a little sugar, spice, and everything nice!
RSVP: phone number

Preparing for a Yummy Party

A delicious meal should be featured in the graphics for this wording option.

Cover or card top: If you don't have an excuse prepared…

Inside or below meal graphic: Please join host's name for a dinner party at time, date, address.
Don't worry about food preparations, just come prepared to stuff yourself and we'll handle the rest!
RSVP: phone number

Bring Your Appetite Invite

This is a basic idea that gets the point across quickly.

Cover: EAT

Inside: A lot of food with host's name at our dinner party! All you have to do is show up at address, at time on date with your appetite in tow!
RSVP: phone number

Formal Invitation

The formal wording of this invitation lets guests know this is a dress-up occasion in honor of an individual or special occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. [insert last name] respectfully request your presence
at a dinner party in honor of
Honoree or special occasion
Saturday, the ninth of December
half after seven p.m.
at their home
Street address, city, state, zip code
RSVP required by insert date
Cocktail attire

Gala Celebration

The wording of this invitation is also formal, but is intended for a gala celebration at an event venue rather than at the host's home.

You are cordially invited
to a gala dinner celebration honoring
Honoree or special occasion
at insert name venue for dinner party
Street address of venue
Friday, the fifteenth of December
half after seven p.m.
RSVP required by insert date
Cocktail attire

Invitation Considerations

Be sure that the wording of your dinner invitation reflects the mood of your event. The invitation should give guests an idea of what they should expect for the night. No matter what mood or theme-setting wording you choose, always include the basic components such as:

  • Who is hosting the party
  • The occasion or theme
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • RSVP information
  • Any other requirements such as the dress code, if guests are required to bring a dish, if it is going to be a cash bar, etc.

Sending the Invitations

The invitation should go out early enough to give your guests time to respond and make plans. Two weeks in advance is usually enough time for a casual invitation to be sent. For a formal dinner party, the invitation should be sent 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Dinner Party Invitation Wording