My brother is an oncologist in Atlanta, and we were talking one recent Saturday about our evening plans. He told me he was going to the annual cancer ball that night. I said, “That sounds fun,” and asked if he was he wearing a tux.
Bruce said no, that the theme of the event was something else, and they needed to dress in either white or red. I said, “Then you aren’t going to a ball, you are going to a party.”
He laughed, and agreed. The previous year, because the invitation called it a ball, he was the odd man out when he showed up in a tux.
My point in writing this is to remind you to be specific when you do party invitations. When you host a party, it’s your responsibility to write the invitation with as much clarity as possible.
Don’t do catchy headlines that can be misunderstood, especially since we all know people don’t take the time to read the fine line. Nothing spells disaster more than having your guests show up to a fundraiser wearing the wrong clothing because the invitation was misleading.
Be honest and open about your event type, and don’t try to make the event something that it isn’t based upon crafty penmanship.
That’s my story for now, and I’m sticking to it.