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August 04, 2008

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Lisa

I believe that the appropriate phrasing is "No-Host:

Modern Living Hawaii

First, I would like to note that most restaurants will be happy to create a custom menu for this many people - that means that you can set a price for a few different options of appetizers and entrees and everyone will know upfront what they will be paying. The invite can be worded as such; "You are invited to attend a special dinner to celebrate (name of mom)'s retirement! We would ask that each guest take care of their individual meal and we will provide a special dinner menu for the night and dessert." It is always nice to offer people something when asking for something in return :). Hope that helps!

addy

Hmmm. I think I'd write something like "Please join us in an intimate (or private or small or simple) celebration for ________ as she retires from ______ and begins the next chapter of her life!" Is that too cheesy?

Meghann

One way to slyly do this is after the address section of the invitation wording write "for menu and pricing information, please visit" and then include the restaurant's website. End the invitation with either your RSVP or "Hope you can join us."

Carolyn

You should indicate "No Host Dinner" on the invitation. Since you really are hosting the celebration, you may wish to consider providing the cake or dessert with beverage (coffee and tea)at the end of the meal. This will make the pay-your-own-way meal more socially proper, especially if guests will be bringing gifts as well.

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