39+ Printable Dinner Invitation Templates

Whether as a party-goer or a guest, you must have been to invited or hosted a dinner once in your lifetime. From wedding rehearsals to prom nights, from corporate galas to charity fundraisers, from holiday gatherings to family get-togethers; dinner events have been a staple in everyone’s life. Because no matter what day or season it is, there is always a reason throw a fancy and entertaining dinner party. They are also a great way to create a venue for friends catch up and bond together as well as for family members to mix, mingle, and know each other.

Dinners can be a formal or casual event depending on the different types of elements incorporated to the experience such as the kind of meals, drinks, and entertainment. Although they differ in nature, you still need to send a dinner invitation in order to bring your guests together. So here at Template.net, we have gathered some printable templates for dinner invitations that you can download and use which are surely perfect for your dinner events. Also, don’t forget to check out our collection of Wedding Dinner Templates for some wedding ideas.

Free Printable Dinner Invitation

Free Printable Wedding Dinner Invitation

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Free Printable Dinner Party Invitation

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Free Printable Anniversary Dinner Invitation

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Printable Dinner Invitation Card

Free Printable Dinner Invitation Card

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Printable Dinner Party Invitation Card

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Printable Annual Dinner Invitation Card

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Printable Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Dinner Party Invitation Card

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Printable Birthday Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Wedding Dinner Invitation

Free Printable Wedding Dinner Invitation

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Printable Wedding Reception Dinner Invitation

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Printable Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

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Spot the Difference Between Formal and Casual Dinners

As mentioned, dinners can either be formal or casual. Whatever you prefer, it is important to get to know the differences between these two events so that the right elements are used in your invitations. Here are some considerations you need to make in planning the occasion:

  • Timing. Although both formal and informal dinners can be scheduled any day of the month and year the host wishes, most formal dinners happen when there is a life-changing announcement is made like an engagement or a change of management for businesses.
  • The guest list. For formal dinner, only invited individuals are expected to come. This is because formal dinners usually cost a lot more than informal ones as it usually requires fine dining. So, the number of guests is predetermined to avoid overspending and getting short on the budget.
  • Choices of meals. Formal dinners usually serve multiple, usually a five-course, meals with demitasse, brandy, and liquors. All food is served from the kitchen and services are performed by butlers and staffs, while casual dinners can be prepared together by the host and guests.
  • Dress code. One difference of a formal dinner from the informal one is the dress code. People wear dresses and tuxedos for formal dinners as a specific event protocol. Although you can ask your guests to dress in costumes or with a theme, casual dinners just usually require casual outfits.
  • Entertainment. The kind of music being played in formal dinners should be soft, such as jazz and ballroom, and played in the background rather than music that sets the mood for dancing or singing which are perfect for gatherings with friends and families.
  • Venue. Also one of the recognizable differences of a formal dinner is the order of service and seating protocols. This is usually possible in Michelin restaurants or an upscale ballroom with chandeliers. While casual dinners can be done at home or some local restaurants.

For some formal dinner invitation ideas, take a look at our Corporate Dinner Invitation Templates too!

Printable Anniversary Dinner Invitation

Printable Anniversary Dinner Invitation Card

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Printable Anniversary Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Wedding Anniversary Dinner Invitation

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Printable Holiday Dinner Invitation

Printable Holiday Dinner Party Invitation

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Free Printable Holiday Dinner Invitation

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Printable Office Holiday Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Business Dinner Invitation

Printable Formal Business Dinner Invitation

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Printable Business Christmas Dinner Invitation

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Printable Business Dinner Meeting Invitation Card

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Printable Formal Dinner Invitation

Printable Formal Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Card

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Printable Formal Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Sample Formal Dinner Invitation

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Casual Dinner Etiquette and Rules

When you are invited to a casual dinner, you might want to consider the following etiquettes and rules in order to provide a great evening experience for both you and your host. If you are the holding the dinner event, some of these items can be indicated in the invitation so that your guests will have an idea of what to expect during the event.

  • Bring a dish if you can. Even though you are not going to a potluck party, you can suggest bringing a special dish to add to the menu. Whether it’s a desert or a bottle of wine, it sure is one way to show your appreciation to the host for inviting you over for some homecooked meal.
  • Specify and clarify. Before you bring a dish, you have to clarify to the host what you type of dish you are going to bring as you don’t want to eat only chicken for the whole duration of the course. As a host, you might want to specify what each guest can bring if they insist on bringing one.
  • Do not assume. Different kinds of food need different kinds of storage. Dishes that need to be chilled or heated should be known beforehand to make available space in the host’s kitchen. Or better yet, dishes that can survive the trip to the event should be brought.
  • Offer help. Especially when having dinner with family members, it is inevitable the everyone will eventually become the host and not just a guest. Although it is not necessary for them to intervene, it would be a great help to the host if guests could help serve the dishes or grill the meat.
  • Be nice. In order to acknowledge the host’s efforts and sincerity, compliment the dishes on the table, not just the homemade ones but also the dishes that are brought as time was also spent in brainstorming and deciding which item to share with everybody.

While you’re here, you may also want to check out our compilation of Appreciation Dinner Invitations.

Printable Farewell Dinner Invitation

Printable Corporate Farewell Dinner Invitation

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Printable Employee Farewell Dinner Invitation

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Printable Retirement Dinner Invitation

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Printable Birthday Dinner Invitation

Surprise Birthday Dinner Invitation

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Birthday Dinner Party Invitation

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Birthday Dinner Invitation Card

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Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

Funny Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

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Sample Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

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Printable Graduation Dinner Invitation

Printable Graduation Dinner Invitation Card

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College Printable Graduation Dinner Invitation

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Graduation Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Annual Dinner Invitation

Company Annual Dinner Invitation

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Annual Dinner Invitation Card

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Annual Christmas Dinner Party Invitation

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Printable Romantic Dinner Invitation

Romantic Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

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Sample Romantic Dinner Invitation

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Things You Should Include in Your Invitations

Whether you planning a formal or a casual dinner event, there are some basic details that you should not forget to include in your invitations. Just like the templates on this page, you can edit these details according to your specifications and needs.

  • Type. A dinner event can be formal or casual, so you should indicate that on the invitation as well as the specific type of event based on what kind of occasion is being celebrated or why the gathering is being held. In this way, guests would know how to prepare for it.
  • Honoree. Dinner events can be held as birthday or retirement celebrations, so the name of the person for which the event is held should also be indicated in the invitation—although this is not necessary. Through this, guests will know whether to bring a gift for the special person.
  • Details. Important details such as the date, time, location, and basic agenda should be prominently stipulated in the invitation. People usually look for these things when they receive invitations so, you have to make them clear to avoid misinformation and miscommunication.
  • Formality. The kind of invitation that you should prepare, alongside other factors, should be based on the level of formality of the event. Formal dinners require elegant letters while less posh parties and casual ones may only require a memo or email in the least.
  • Codes. In your invitation, you should also indicate whether a guest can bring another guest or not. A formal dinner requires a formal dress code, so make sure to inform guests as not to make them out of place—while it is expected for casual dinners to wear everyday clothes.
  • Specifics. If you need your guest to bring something specific, like a certain kind of dish or drink, it should be indicated on the invitation as mentioned before. If you’re having a themed dinner party, indicate what type of attire should guests wear in accordance to the theme of the occasion.
  • Schedule. Most of the time, you would want to give your guests enough time to prepare for the special occasion and make sure they are able to clear their schedules so they are free to attend. So, you make sure your invitations are sent at least 4 weeks before the dinner event.

Conclusion

Whatever type of dinner event you want to throw for your friends and family, we are sure you could find the perfect invitation template here at Template.net. So, make sure to see our other collections, such as the templates for Holiday Dinner Invitations or Anniversary Dinner Invitations. All our templates are downloadable and free for personal use, but you may have to check the designer’s terms of use when you plan to use it commercially. So, what are you waiting for? Browse, choose, download, edit, and use these beautiful templates now!

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