Invitation Renovation

Email party invitation
If you've been a Purcell Sisters subscriber for a while, you may know we're not Evite users. Yes, we realize how easy the uberpopular Internet service makes it to give folks a heads-up about your hootenanny. But being on the receiving end can be less appealing.

For one thing, when the Evite arrives, instead of just inviting you to the party, it invites you to click through an ad-filled email to get to an ad-filled invitation. That's a pain. But it's the content of the ads that really throws us. Recently we were Evited to a party that promised margaritas and Mexican food—only to have a Weight Watchers banner blink reproachfully from the side of the page with the oh-so-festive message: Drop pounds! When our presence at a fundraiser was requested not long ago via Evite, an ad for cellulite cream showed a woman's derriere with dimples and without. Maybe the company should be called Einsult?

Our preference: Skip the service and send your party invites via regular old email—meaning a note actually written and sent by you directly to your group of party-goers. Up-to-date but still genteel.

But if you really love the ease of a service, we recommend giving a try. It provides easy-to-use templates, just as Evite does. It's free, just as Evite is. But the only thing guests see when they open their invitations is that you desire the pleasure of their company.

Lauren and Anne
The Purcell Sisters

The Purcell Sisters