HOW LONG SHOULD YOU ALLOW FOR AN RSVP FOR AN INFORMAL PARTY?
Ahhhh, the last minute switcheroo - I've changed my mind and now I want to
go! The typical time range for an RSVP is 2 weeks for an informal party.
A guest for an informal party should RSVP within 72 hours prior to the party
so the host can prepare for the number of guests s/he will have. If the
event is catered, caterers typically require a 48 or even a 24 finalized
head count, so a guest or numerous guests RSVP'ing within 24 hours or
less to a party can mean disaster for the host.
IS AN EVITE CONSIDERED LAZY OR IS IT JUST A SIGN OF THE TIMES?
It's a sign of the times, actually. It's green, simple, and convenient. It
shouldn't be looked down upon for an informal party. However, if you receive
a wedding invitation via Evite - that's horrendous unless these two are
hitchhiking it to Vegas because she is knocked up.
IF YOU ARE INVITED TO AN INFORMAL DINNER PARTY, SHOULD
YOU BYOB IF THE HOST DOESN'T MENTION IT?
This one is tricky, young grasshopper, as it depends on how 'informal' this
party is. Here's my rule of thumb: if you received an invitation through any
means and it did not mention anything about BYOB, then just bring the host a
token gift (i.e. marble rye (LOL), bottle of wine, chocolates, flowers, etc.). If you
were invited via casual conversation or through a phone call - BYOB as this is
not a 'planned' event and you will just deplete another guests' beverage.
This is rude!
WHAT IF THE INVITE ONLY HAS MY NAME ON IT -
CAN I BRING MY FIVE AND SIX YEAR OLD BUNDLES OF JOY?
That would be a negative, ghostrider. Call a babysitter!