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Here's our guide to creating the perfect Friendsgiving invitations. When designing a party invitation, there's a lot to consider. The design, the message, and the words are all clues into what kind of event you're going to have -- they tell your guests what to expect and what's expected of them.

The Date

The most important step in sending a good invitation is that you get them out on time. Because the holidays are busy, we recommend sending out invitations at least three weeks in advance, preferably four. This far out, guests are less likely to have prior commitments and ensures ample time for them to hold the date for your event. By getting the ball rolling a few weeks out, you should also have enough time to finalize the menu and delegate who is bringing what, so you can avoid last-minute trips to the store.

The Design

Choose one phrase or image that communicates what the event is about to draw people in. Because invitations aren't typically large, choose one -- a graphic or a short saying -- to keep the invitation from looking crowded once you add the event details. If you opt for words here, we recommend choosing a decorative, colorful font that will contrast the rest of the text on the card. Usually an alliteration, a pun, or just the word Friendsgiving will suffice. This is the focal point of your invitation, so think: short and sweet.

Some examples of Friendsgiving invitation wording are:

  • Friendsgiving Feast
  • Eat, Drink & Be Thankful
  • Friendsgiving
  • Turkey & Touchdowns

After that, depending on how large and detailed the central wording is, you can add minor illustrations along the border or at accent points. The key is to make sure they fit without competing with the rest of words.

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The Details

This encompasses your "Where," "When," and RSVP information. This part of the invitation is often an afterthought, but it can be the most challenging if you haven't allocated enough space after placing your central design. This is how people know where to go and when to be there, so you want to make this as clear and straightforward as possible. Choose a simple, easy-to-read font for this (save artsy, eye-catching calligraphy for the "What") and don't make it too small. If you're running out of space, cut words where you can before decreasing the font size.