I wont beat around the bush, I like to be the instigator for memorable evenings. Over the years I've hosted many a gathering in my 800 sq ft home, in and out of doors, with as little as 6 (the year of the blizzard) and as many as 40 (indoors, if you can believe it). I have honed the art of the party to a couple signature elements that really make a difference. One of those elements is the invitation. A printed version is best, to those of whom you can hand-deliver. I design simple 2-3 color invites printed on thick cardstock paper. Making friends with a graphic designer always helps here, too.
There are now great options for online invitations- evite is a disaster- but try Paperless Post for a much more elevated experience and quality of invitation. I thought it would be fun to post a conglomeration of some of the invites from parties of the past. Enjoy.