It goes without saying that if you take the time to create interesting Christmas invitations, the chances are high that you're planned event will enjoy a nice turn-out. If you just whip out a quick hand-scrawled message that says nothing more than "Date-time-location" chances are you'll be opening Christmas gifts on your own. No one wants to receive Christmas invitations that read like a laundry list. In fact, boring Christmas invitation do nothing more than make the person who received it think of other plans for Christmas eve or Christmas Day.
If you're part of the "planning committee" that is charge or either ordering Christmas invitations of making them by hand, give yourself enough lead time to get them done and also allow for a change in plans in terms of time, date and location. In terms of ease, ordering Christmas invitations on-line is both fast and economical. Once your holiday party details have been ironed out, you can follow-up via email or fax with the final party information that needs to be printed on your Christmas invitations. Remember, your Christmas invitations are kind of like a "sneak preview" for your guests as what the party will be and how potentially great it's going to turn out.
It's probably a good idea to plan on sending out your Christmas invitations at least three to four weeks in advance of your party. And give your guests at least a week to decide. It's always a good idea to include a "respond-no-later-than" date on your Christmas invitations. The RSVP as it is known can be as simple as a phone call, e-mail or even in-person response. The important thing is you know who is going to attend your party!
No less important than Christmas invitations is your guest list, otherwise how are you going to know who to send the invitations to? You need to take into consideration upcoming calendar events that can conflict with your party. For example, a Christmas party isn't going to work on Christmas day because people tend to celebrate with immediate family. Also, you don't your party to conflict with someone else's party, specifically if it's an office party. And you don't want your party to conflict with work or business-related events.
Another important element of your Christmas invitations is the location of the event. Are you going to create a Christmas house at your home? Or will you dress up the home of a friend to resemble a Christmas house? Remember, appearance is everything.! The same logic applies: make sure there is no conflict regarding your party and the party of another. Make sure that your DJ, photographer or any other elements are cleared to attend the date, time and location you have established.
Having decide on all that, decide whether the occasion will be formal, semi-formal or a party with a specific theme. Do you want everyone to dress up as elves? Will it be a Christmas-toga party? The theme - formal or otherwise - is also a factor to consider when you draw up your guest list. Are your potential guests people who have a sense of humor? Are they young, old or a combination of both? You don't want to do anything that will embarrass your guests - especially after you put so much work into inviting them!