Sometimes, actually sending out your birthday invitations can feel like the most daunting part of the party planning process. It can be so difficult to figure out what to say and how to say it; you want your invitation to get guests excited for your party while also communicating the info they need to know. But, how on earth do you do that?
That’s why we’re here with a comprehensive guide all about birthday invitation wording. This guide covers it all, from what info to include, different formatting ideas and even age-specific birthday invitation message examples!
Provide the essential details:
Guest of honor’s name. Let your guests know who you’re celebrating!
Location. Clearly state the location of the party, including the full address. Add in specific instructions or landmarks if your location could be tricky to find!
Date and time. Be sure to provide the event’s start time! You can also include the event’s end time if there will be one.
RSVP details. Include information about how to RSVP and when to RSVP by. If you’re using Evite, this part’s easy as pie—guests can RSVP directly through your Evite invitation and you can track who’s coming in real-time!
Include special instructions:
If your party has specific instructions or requirements, such as a dress code, bringing a dish to share or a surprise element, make sure to include them in the invitation. Clear communication ensures that your guests can prepare accordingly and feel comfortable participating in the planned activities.
Add fun on-theme language:
Your birthday party invitation serves two purposes:
1) To let your guests know key details about your party and
2) To get your guests STOKED for your party!
Using fun and clever language in your birthday invitation message can help your invitation go that extra mile. Consider throwing in a pun or joke related to the guest of honor’s age or adding a nod to your party’s theme. We’ve included some fun ideas by age below, starting with some bonus kids’ birthday invitation ideas for ages 1 through 3:
1st birthday punny themes:
There are plenty of clever puns when it comes to 1st birthdays. Here are a few of our favorite to celebrate a kiddo in your life turning one year old:
Berry first birthday
First trip around the sun
Hole in one
2nd birthday punny themes:
There is no lack of puns for 2nd birthdays either! These are some of the cutest ones we’ve seen lately:
Ain’t my first rodeo (it’s my second!)
Two the moon
Chugga chugga, two two!
Off two the races
3rd birthday punny themes:
3rd birthdays are a pretty big deal, too! These two ideas are super popular—and for good reason!
Young, wild, and three
"Our little star is turning one! Join us for a day filled with joy and cake as we celebrate [Name]'s first trip around the sun!"
"Double the fun, double the joy! Help us celebrate [Name]'s second birthday with games, treats and plenty of fun!"
"Calling all superheroes! Join us as we celebrate [Name]'s third birthday with an action-packed party!"
"Get your game face on and join us as we level up in celebrating [Name]'s tenth birthday gaming party! Bring your skills and prepare for an epic gaming marathon!"
"Welcome to the teen years! Help us celebrate [Name]'s thirteenth birthday in style with a totally fabulous party!"
"Get ready for a night of glitter and glam because it’s [Name]'s Sweet Sixteen!"
"Adulting can be hard, but partying sure isn’t. Join us as we celebrate [Name]'s 18th!"
"Cheers to the big 2-1! Join us for plenty of drinks and lots of fun at [Name]'s 21st birthday bash!”
"Let’s help [Name] say ‘Bye, bye 20s’ and ‘Hello, thriving 30s!’ at [his/her/their] 30th bday bash!"
"40 years of fabulous! Join us as we raise a glass and dance the night away for [Name]’s 40th!"
"Half a century of love, laughter and amazing memories! Join us in celebrating [Name]'s 50th birthday and the many years of joy ahead!"
"Sixty looks good on [Name], so let's celebrate with an evening of good food and good times."
"Seventy years young! Join us as we honor [Name]'s remarkable journey and celebrate a lifetime of wisdom, love and joy!"
"Eight decades of life, love and laughter! Please join us as we come together to celebrate [Name]'s 80th birthday."
"Ninety years of AWESOME! Join us as we celebrate [Name]'s incredible journey."
"A century of treasured moments and love! Join us as we celebrate [Name]'s 100th birthday, a true inspiration to us all!"
“Shh…it’s a surprise party for [Name]!”
Example 1: Traditional
Please join us for
Please RSVP by [RSVP Date]
Example 2: Informal
Come join the fun at
[Name]'s birthday bash!
RSVP by [RSVP Date]
Example 3: Creative
Counselor [Host's Name]
invites you to Camp [Name]!
Get ready for games, crafts & plenty of s’mores.
Under the Big Top at [Venue]
RSVP by [RSVP Date]
Example 4: Formal
You are cordially invited to
a birthday celebration honoring
Kindly RSVP by [RSVP Date]
Plan in advance: Start planning the party well ahead of time to ensure you have enough time for all the necessary preparations. Once you’ve picked a date for your party, consider sending out birthday save-the-date cards to make sure your family and friends keep their schedules clear.
Set a budget: Determine your budget early on and allocate funds for essential elements such as venue, decorations, food and entertainment.
Plan activities and entertainment: Incorporate age-appropriate activities, games or entertainment options to keep guests engaged and entertained throughout the party.
Prepare food and refreshments: Decide on a menu that suits the theme and guest preferences. Consider any dietary restrictions or allergies of the attendees.
Have a backup plan: Be prepared for unexpected circumstances, such as weather changes or last-minute cancellations, and have a backup plan in place. If time is ticking and the big day is approaching, don’t despair: check out our guide to last-minute birthday party planning here!
Capture the memories: Assign someone to take photos or videos during the party to ensure you capture the special moments and create lasting memories.
Plan for party favors: Consider providing small tokens or party favors as a gesture of appreciation for your guests' presence.
Be flexible and enjoy: Remember that the most important thing is to celebrate and have fun. Stay flexible and adaptable throughout the event to ensure everyone has a great time, including yourself!
Q: What do you say on a birthday invitation?
A: Your birthday invitation should capture the festive spirit of the event while providing all relevant information guests will need. Include the guest of honor’s name, a brief message, the date and time of the event, the location and address of the venue, a request and deadline for RSVP if applicable and any relevant information about the party’s activities and/or theme.
Q: What do you put on a birthday invitation for RSVP?
1. RSVP deadline: Specify a date by which you would like to receive the RSVPs. This allows you to plan accordingly and make necessary arrangements.
2. RSVP contact information: Provide a method for guests to respond. This can include your phone number, email address or both. If you prefer a specific method of communication, such as a phone call or email, mention it as well. Or, use Evite and watch as your guests seamlessly RSVP directly to your Evite invitation!
3. Response request: Clearly state that you would appreciate a response from your guests. You can use phrases such as "Kindly RSVP" or "Please RSVP by [date]".
4. Guest count: Ask your guests to indicate the number of people attending from their party. This helps you plan for the appropriate amount of food, drinks and seating.
Q: How do you make the best birthday invitation?
Choose a theme (if you want to!)
Select the right design
Include essential details
Craft a catchy heading
Personalize your invitation
Use fun fonts and colors
Keep it simple and organized
Evite offers a wide range of customizable templates that suit every birthday style and theme, allowing you to create a personalized and eye-catching invitation that captures the essence of your big day. Whether you're throwing a small birthday gathering or a grand celebration, Evite provides a seamless platform to manage RSVPs, send event updates and even track guest responses. With features like built-in RSVP tracking and guest messaging, you can effortlessly stay organized and ensure a smooth guest experience.
With our easy-to-use platform, you can effortlessly customize your invitations to match your vision. Choose from a wide selection of beautifully designed templates, then use our design tools to personalize!
Edit your birthday invitation’s text
Select a custom background
Add fun stamps and stickers