There’s a multitude of ways to invite your friends to a party – fancy paper cards, evite, a simple phone call. My Droid has several apps for invitations, some free, some $1.99 (although I hate to pay for apps!), some absolutely useless. Do some surfing; there are quite a few around.
Personally, I think a casual get-together is just that – casual. So a text message or a phone call is the perfect way to let your friends know they’re welcome. If you really think the occasion calls for something more formal, hit the evite log-in button and get to work!
Paper or Plastic, Ma’am?
Once you know who’s coming, you need to have plates and silverware -and seats – enough that no one has to stand in the kitchen eating out of the pan (only your very best friend gets to do that).
Finding the right stuff, so to speak…Do you have mix-and-match dishes? Do you have formal or casual service for eight, 10, 12? Consider your plates and silverware when making your guest list. If you only have enough for four, but you want to invite eight people, you still have choices. Want to go all plastic? You can. Or you can head off to Marshalls, Ross or the 99 Cent store and choose inexpensive plates. Seriously, if you need to add eight more to your set of four, you can’t beat picking up another eight plates for eight bucks. Not a lot more than if you choose plastic, is it?
If you choose plastic, don’t scrimp by going with the cheap stuff. It will look nicer and eliminate the chances of cardboard food collapse on your carpet. Same goes for plastic knives and forks. Have you ever tried to cut a piece of meat while perching your plate on your knees and have it snap in half? Never a good time. So, not saying you can’t have plastic – you can. Just that for a very reasonable sum, you can do better. We have hosted many parties that have had 99 Cent store “china” and, humorously, even garnered compliments (of course we didn’t tell them; what do we look, stupid?)