online party planning

Though we love formal invitations with their RSVP cards and fancy designs, so much of the world is online that event planning had to follow. If you haven’t started using online tools to help with your party and event planning, this post will show you a few easy and free options to plan a party online.


If you’re on Facebook (with the rest of its 1.5 billion users), you’ve probably created–or been invited to–an “event.” A Facebook event is a very simple way to put out the word about your gathering. You can choose to create public or private events, then specify the what, where, and when. You can even let your guests invite their own guests. Share the event with your Facebook friends, who can then RSVP.


What if you were hoping to invite people with a little more flair–or invite those who might not be on Facebook?

Evite is one option that will allow you to create an online invitation, like an emailed greeting card. They have lots of options for free cards, as well as premium designs. Like Facebook, you’ll select your what, where, and when, but you can also import your guest list from gmail, Yahoo, and other popular mail programs. Evite will also create a link that you can share on social media, and will let you post directly to Facebook and Twitter.


When your events involve more than a simple RSVP, you’ll love SignUpGenius. What if you’re organizing a picnic or potluck? If you don’t want to end up with 6 pans of brownies (though that sounds like a delightful event to me), you can create a list of the type and quantity of food items you’re requesting and allow your guests to choose from your list. (Check out this infographic if you need help figuring out how much to serve at a party.) SignUpGenius has paid plans, but its basic plan will allow you to send 1,000 emails a month for free. It will even send reminders to your guests so they won’t forget what they’re bringing.

This site is great not just for family potlucks but also school and workplace events. You can share the event using their email invites or simply share the event’s link by email or social media.

There are many other online tools for planning your event. Paperless Post, Pingg, and Smilebox all offer online invitations. Easy Event Planning has not only invites and save the dates, but also checklists, calculators, budgets, and more.

Have you planned a party online? What are your favorite planning resources?