You can orchestrate a lunch gathering for many reasons: celebrating a promotion, getting together to plan an upcoming event, saying farewell to a colleague or simply to enjoy good food and good company. Whatever the context of your gathering, creating a warm invitation denotes friendliness, fondness and familiarity. Avoid using formal or business-like wording. Think about your recipients and the occasion itself, and tailor your invitations accordingly.
Calling the Gang
If you haven't seen each other in a while, say something like, "It's been so long since we've seen each other! Let's all grab lunch at Such-and-Such and catch up on old times!" A send-off for a colleague moving to a new job can be worded like, "Trudy's promotion surely deserves a party! Come have lunch with us to wish her well in her new adventure!" An invitation to discuss something big, like arranging a family reunion or the office Christmas party, can say, "We've got plans to make for Such-and-Such! Meet up with us at Knife-and-Fork for drinks, appetizers and a chance to discuss the big event!" Keep it light and fun, and send the invitation far enough in advance so everyone can make room in their plans.
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