Hosting Hitch: Telling guests what is included

by epi on February 11, 2013

Q: How would you word an invitation to a 70th birthday party at a restaurant and let guests know that they do not have to pay for their meal or drinks? There will also be entertainment.

A: The party’s hosts are expected to pay for all of the expenses. Therefore, it is not necessary nor would it be appropriate to indicate on the invitation that guests will not be expected to pay for anything. Again, it is not necessary to indicate there will be entertainment, but, for example, if there will be dancing, it would be fine to indicate this on the invitation. In this case, the invitation might read “dinner and dancing”.

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Joanna February 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Crazy how people today have gotten so used to the notion of having to foot the bill for someone else’s special day that they now want to specify when they don’t have to!

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Ruth Peltier February 16, 2013 at 3:24 am

Well actually, I see the letter writers point. Once, I gave myself a birthday party at a really nice Chinese restaurant. I told the management ahead of time that I would be paying for everyone. (It was really the only way to do it since it was the kind of meal where you share everything but the entrees) When it came time for the party to end, I had to argue with my guests about the fact I was paying. It was most embarrassing.

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