The holidays are coming, so spice up your holiday parties by making them extra-special events. As you work on finalizing your guest list, these few quick tips can help you address your invitations for Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year’s Eve / a wedding or another celebration:

1. Outer envelopes should give only the name and address of the person / people you are inviting (heads of household):

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
111 Any Street
(Apartment A)
New York, New York 11100

2. If the couple you are inviting does not have children, or if their children are not invited, the inner envelope should read as follows, with the last name of the couple only:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

3. If the couple you are inviting has children who are also invited, then the inner envelope should read:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Jack and Emma

4. If you are inviting two people who are together, but who are not married, both names are listed on the outer envelope, one above the other:

Mr. John Smith
Ms. Mary Jones
111 Any Street
New York, New York 11100

5. The inner envelope for the unmarried couple should read as follows:

Mr. Smith
Ms. Jones

6. If you are inviting a single person, the address goes on the outer envelope as above:

Mr. John Smith
111 Any Street
New York, New York 11100

7. If the single person is invited with a guest, the inner envelope should read:

Mr. Smith and Guest

If you have any specific questions now or when the time comes, be sure to ask me!