Formal Lunches and Dinners

These are engraved on card of good texture, usually about 6 x 41/2 inches (15 x 11.5 cm) in size, or slightly larger if necessary. They are prepared in the name of both the host and hostess. If time is short they may be printed, rather than engraved.

The guest's name is handwritten on the top left-hand corner.

Alternatively, the more old-fashioned style of 'request the pleasure of the company of' may be adopted, the guests' names being added on the next line.

If the luncheon or dinner is to take place at an address other than that to which the replies are to be sent - at a hotel, for example - this is stated on a line after the date.

The time may be placed either after the date or at the bottom right-hand corner before, or in place of, the dress code.

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