When fall starts, your thoughts may turn to the delectable menu items you’ll include on your Thanksgiving table, staples like cranberry sauce and roasted turkey, and even pumpkin pie. Before you get too in the weeds with planning your spread, however, you’ll have to get a headcount on a number of guests attending your tryptophan-fueled get-together. Set the tone for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast with a well-crafted Thanksgiving invitation. Read on for all of our tips on what to write in your invitation and how to get guests excited to RSVP.
What do you write on a Thanksgiving invitation?
You know the essentials to include on any invitation: The date, time, and location, plus who’s hosting the festivities. For a successful celebration this Turkey Day, you can include a few extra talking points that’ll go the distance.
Set an RSVP date—consider a week or so out from your get-together—so you’ll have plenty of time to shop for ingredients, get prepped, and get cooking. (Pro tip: Set that table early on and you won’t have to worry about it day-of.) If you’re planning a potluck, keep on top of who’s bringing what by including a Comment Wall on your invitation or a link to a Google Sheet that your friends and family can plug in what they’ll contribute. (This’ll prevent competing pies or too few sides.)
Choose an invitation design that speaks to the vibe you’re aiming for, from an easy-going potluck to a classic afternoon feast, then pick up some fresh wording ideas below.
For the family
Set the tone for a more formal event by spelling out the time and date, using o’clock or in the afternoon instead of AM or PM. If you’re keeping it on the casual side, opt for numerals and abbreviations. A few of our favorite Thanksgiving wording suggestions:
Turkey and Toasts. Dispatch a card covered in warm-toned foliage, like this one from Rifle Paper Co. and everyone’s glasses will be full.
Let’s Talk Turkey. Scrap the formal wording for this easy-going invite that’ll have everyone ready to get cooking.
Let’s get stuffed. One way to get your guests fired up? An animated invite that tells family and friends to come ready for a free-wheeling good time.
We’d like to thank you for another wonderful year. Please join us for a Thanksgiving Feast. Send them flowers with a cozy-casual design. Script font signals a special occasion and numerals keep it from feeling stuffy.
Gather ‘Round Thanksgiving invitation by Paperless Post: Serve up this invite for a formal dinner, signaled by spelling out the numerals, and a sophisticated, foliage-filled design.
Please join us for a gathering of
FAMILY, FRIENDS, and FOOD
to celebrate Thanksgiving at three in the afternoon
The Lowenstien Home
736 Wellington Ave
“Share the Love” Thanksgiving invitation by Paperless Post. This whimsical design cues up a celebration with plenty of family fun: The youngest of the bunch are welcome, and everyone gets to bring their favorite dish.
Gobble up a good time
Potluck Thanksgiving Feast
We’d be thankful if you’d join us
And share your favorite dish
Special kids table for little turkeys
For the lunch bunch: Thanksgiving invitation wording for work
Hosting at the office doesn’t have to feel like forced work-family fun. Jazz it up with an invite that explains what to bring and where to be. Let them know you’ll have the major cooking covered (no one needs to Uber with a turkey), but they can get creative with sides and sweets.
“Pie Swap” invitation by The Indigo Bunting. There’s no such thing as too much pie. With this colorful card, you’ll be set to serve up one tasty party.
To our annual Thanksgiving pie swap
Please bring a dish to share
“Spanish Garden” invitation by Oscar de la Renta. Treat the team. Coworkers will be extra thankful to receive this designer invitation for a meal that honors their hard work.
The Walker-Gaileys team for a
Funny Thanksgiving invitation wording
Hosting a casual get-together? Spice it up with a playful invitation that doesn’t take itself seriously.
Gobble gobble. Give them something to cluck about with wording that says exactly what they’ll be getting into this holiday in this design from Mr. Boddington’s Studio.
Family. Friends. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Gravy. Cranberry sauce. Pecan pie. More pie. Send a Text. And by that, we mean this graphic send-out, which merges a casual-cool design with semi-formal wording.
“Turkey Legs” by Paperless Post. Spread the word for a day full of food and football—jazz heels, optional.
Let’s kick it.
Please join us for a very thankful Friendsgiving followed by football on the television.
Thanksgiving Day at 2pm
“Food Coma” by Paperless Post. Groovy bubble letters make light of how everyone will feel after your Friendsgiving feast.
Please join Arlo and Richard for
A VERY THANKFUL FRIENDSGIVING
The Brock Residence
2 Van Duesenville Road, Great Barrington
With the end of 2020 approaching, we have more than Thanksgiving to celebrate. Plan a fall harvest party or a foliage-filled gathering, and spread the word.
Fall fête. If you’re getting set for a soirée they’ll swoon at these watercolor leaves and your pumpkin-filled party.
Please join us for a celebration of Autumn. Go nuts. Establish the mood with these chic Jonathan Adler send-outs, and everyone will be happy to hunker down at your place.
Fall frolic. Branch out. Straightforward and easy to read, this bright card from Happy Menocal paints a clear picture of what’s going on at your fall fest.
Shorter Days. Longer Dinners. Go for the gold. Make a statement with an animated invitation that promises a long and lovely dinner. With bulleted details and two quick lines on what to expect, everyone will be set for the fête.
“Turkey Feast” invitation by Hello!Lucky. Go all in. Friends and family will gladly opt in if gratitude and gravy are in store. These clearly-worded invitations spread the word seamlessly.
Jen and Erin invite you to
To bring together friends & family
With gratitude and gravy
“Pantry” invitation by The Indigo Bunting. On Thanksgiving Day, you really can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen. These cards will encourage your family and friends to don their chef hats and get fired up.
Join us for dinner on Thanksgiving Day at 4PM
The Williams Residence I New York City
Please bring a dish to share
Friendsgiving invitation wording
If you’re celebrating at your home away from home, (or squeezing in a party with friends before the family feast) opt for a Friendsgiving invite that’s just as lively and fun as your crew. What is Friendsgiving? Head to our guide for the 411.
Feelin’ potlucky. Yes, your Friendsgiving can morph into a dance party. They’ll know to bring their dancing shoes with one look at this cheeky card.
Here for the Sides. You can make it rain cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and more. Ship these out, and your friends and family will flock.
Danksgiving. Plant an idea. You’ll set the bar high for your herb-friendly pals with an unconventional invite that promises laughs.
Friendsgiving feast. Let them know creatures of all kinds are welcome with an illustration that’s almost as charming as you are.
FEASTING & FOOTBALL On Friendsgiving Day. Score big. Football and food are a match made in heaven; this well-seasoned invite will kick off a day that’ll make your friends and family fanatics.
“Happy Drinksgiving” Friendsgiving invite from Paperless Post Flyer.
Top them off. It’s five o’clock at your place; let them know to come thirsty with a top-shelf turkey. Bottoms up.
Come celebrate Turkey Day before we all trot home to our families. Leave incredibly full.
Thanksgiving greeting card wording
We all give gratitude around Thanksgiving, which is why it’s the perfect occasion to share thankfulness for everyone who’s impacted your year. Send special Thanksgiving greetings to teachers, friends, and family to let them know you’re thinking of them during the holiday.
Happy thanksgiving gourdgeous. Your ride-or-die will be as happy as the smiling pumpkins when this colorful card hits their inbox.
For each new morning with its light, for the rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends. – Ralph Waldo Emerson If you’re not a waxing poetic, let this card do the work. Type in a personal verse on the flipside to make it extra-memorable.
I am so thankful for you. A simple message on a fun and festive card from Mr. Boddington’s Studio.