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Summer Party Invitations Tips

The best time to start thinking about all of your summer party plans is at the very beginning of summer, long before everyone's calendar fills up. Whether you're gearing up for a big Fourth of July celebration or a pool party, beach bash or cookout, we've got tips for making sure all of your summer party invitations are perfectly flawless all season long.

When to Send Your Invitations

Although formal events usually require six weeks advanced notice, most summer parties are more like casual get-togethers. That means your party invitations don't have to go out until two weeks before the big day.

What to Include on Your Invites

What should you do if you don't want to clutter your party invitations with text, but you want to convey important information about the event? Our best advice is to let the design of your invitation speak for itself! Use flip flops for a beach party, or a grill for an outdoor barbeque. Then you only have to include the basic facts, including when it is, where it is and how to RSVP.

Just don't forget to add any special instructions, such as whether or not guests should bring their own towels for a pool party, if gifts will be accepted and what types of potluck dishes you'd like to receive.

How to Invite Kids, Parents or Both

If your party invitations aren't specific, people will likely assume your event is family-friendly. However if you chose cute little party invitations that make it obvious you are hosting a kids' party, don't hesitate to note that, "Parents are welcome to join in the fun!" Alternatively, for an all-grown-ups affair, a short note indicating that friends should plan to leave the little ones at home will avoid any unpleasant surprises on the day of the event.