Formal invitations are handed out when a company or person has something to share or celebrate. If you’re looking to send one, you might want to let someone know that the “food is on us.” This article will explore some good alternatives to this phrase.
The preferred alternatives are “please join us in celebrating,” “a buffet will be served from,” and “food will be served from.” These phrases are great to include in a formal invitation. They retain the formal language while still showing that you will handle food service.
Please Join Us In Celebrating
“Please join us in celebrating” is a great phrase you can use. It’s one of the best alternatives because it shows that you’re going to celebrate a party or event. You don’t need to mention the food at all when you are using this phrase.
This is just a standard way to introduce a formal event. Most of the time, serving food is given through context.
You might also find that you can say “we will provide food” or something similar. This will show the people reading the invitation that you’ve already made plans to make sure that they get some food at the event.
- Please join us in celebrating this event. We will provide plenty of snacks and beverages for you as the evening goes on.
- Please, join us in celebrating alongside your peers. It’s going to be a wonderful event, and you’re all welcome to join us.
- Please join us in celebrating this fantastic achievement. We hope you’ll be able to find the time to come along and enjoy our food.
A Buffet Will Be Served From
“A buffet will be served from” is a great alternative if you want to mention the food directly. It shows the people attending the event that there will be a buffet. They can pick the food they want from a table set up at the event.
Buffets are one of the most popular choices for food services at formal events. They allow people to choose from a wide selection of foods without having to worry about what certain people may or may not like.
- A buffet will be served from nine till eleven. We hope you will be able to come along and try some of our most spectacular food.
- You are invited to our event, and a buffet will be served from six to eight. That should give you plenty of time to enjoy what’s on offer.
- A buffet will be served from five to eleven. We have a lot of food coming out, so make sure you get stuck in.
Food Will Be Served From
“Food will be served from” is another great choice. Again, “food” is mentioned here to remind people that you are in charge of the food service. It shows that they will not have to bring anything themselves.
The main reason why you should mention “food” in an invitation is to let people know whether they should eat. Some people like to eat before events to make sure they don’t get too hungry during if there is no food served.
It’s best to remind those people that they don’t need to eat if there is food (and vice versa, they should eat if there isn’t food).
- Food will be served from nine onwards. We hope there will be something there that takes your fancy. We look forward to seeing you.
- Please let us know which of these items you would like for dinner. Your food will be served from six onwards, depending on your table number.
- You are cordially invited to our celebratory party. Food will be served from six till eight. We hope you’ll be able to come and celebrate with us.
A Sit-Down Dinner Will Begin At
“A sit-down dinner will begin at” is another specific way to share that you will serve food. Unlike a “buffet,” a “sit-down dinner” is usually sorted out before the event. You will be given a menu to choose your food from when this service is used.
- A sit-down dinner will begin at nine o’clock sharp. We hope you’ll be able to attend. It would be wonderful to connect with you both.
- We are hosting an event that we’d like you to attend. A sit-down dinner will begin at five if that time works well for you.
- A sit-down dinner will begin at six; you are welcome to come along any time before the dinner starts.
There Will Be A Buffet
“There will be a buffet” is a confident way to show that you include food at your event. It shows that you’ve already thought of everything, so the guests don’t need to worry about what they should bring.
Again, “buffet” is used here to refer to a specific type of food service. If you’d rather say “there will be food” or “there will be a dinner,” that’s also acceptable.
- There will be a buffet at the party, so don’t worry about eating beforehand or bringing any food with you. We’ve got you covered.
- You are invited to our party. There will be a buffet, and it will be served at six o’clock. We hope you’ll be able to attend.
- There will be a buffet at the party, and we hope that you’ll be able to attend. There’s so much that we’d like to go through with you.
Help Yourself To The Food
“Help yourself to the food” is a great way to show guests they are welcome. You can use this to show that anyone can help themselves to anything they see.
This works best when you’ve set up a buffet or snack table. It allows people to choose the things they want from a large selection.
- Help yourself to the food when you arrive. There will be snacks and beverages provided throughout the course of the event.
- We hope you accept our invitation. Help yourself to the food when you arrive. There are plenty of options available for all dietary needs.
- Help yourself to the food when you get here. We want everyone to feel welcome at our party, so make yourself at home.
We Look Forward To Eating And Drinking With You
“We look forward to eating and drinking with you” highlights the options available to the guests. It’s a good formal choice because it shows that you will provide food and drinks at the service.
Technically, it doesn’t specify that you will provide them. However, providing the drinks is good practice if you’re using a phrase like this.
You’ll be judged if you use this phrase in your invitations but expect the guests to bring their own food and drinks. Most of the guests won’t want to be at an event that sets a precedent like this.
- We look forward to eating and drinking with you during our party. If you have any further questions, please respond to this RSVP.
- We look forward to eating and drinking with you. You don’t have to worry about bringing your own booze to this event.
- We look forward to eating and drinking with you. We can’t wait to see you soon, and we hope the event meets your expectations.
You Are Invited To
“You are invited to” is a simple way to introduce a formal invitation. There is no mention of food here, so it’s a good idea to include that food will be served at a later point in the invitation.
While “you are invited to” doesn’t specify that someone will be served food, it shows that you’ve put a plan in place. Usually, this plan will include a food and drinks plan for the people attending your party.
- You are invited to join us to celebrate a big company win. Food will be served, so you don’t have to worry about eating before.
- You are invited to the biggest event in company history. We’ll cover food and drink. You just have to show up and have fun.
- You are invited to join us in celebrating this amazing victory. We will be serving food and drink as the evening progresses.
Food Will Be Prepared
“Food will be prepared” is a decent synonym you can use. It shows that there will be a team preparing food for the people at the party or event. That means the people attending won’t have to worry about bringing their own stuff.
Having food “prepared” at a party is a great way to show that it’s an important party. It means you’ve invested money into making sure the people attending it will be content.
- Food will be prepared by the kitchen staff ready for the event. Please, bring yourself and a plus one if you’d like to celebrate with us.
- You are invited to join our party. Food will be prepared early in the afternoon. It will be ready to eat in the evening.
- Food will be prepared at our party. We do not want anybody to go hungry while we’re celebrating. We look forward to seeing you.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.