Friends are the family members you get to choose. And choosing to spend time with them—no matter how brief—is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So, when your workday is dragging on and you want to share a quick lunch with a buddy, don’t let the fact that it’s short notice stop you from reaching out to someone!
There are 5 types of Lunch Invitation Messages for friends:
Point of Interest Invite
Specific Request Invite
What are some examples of each type of invite?
1. Casual Invite
This invitation is perfect for a standard friend lunch. You can send it to them a few days in advance, make a solid plan, and have a great time!
“How about we do lunch at my favorite deli?”
“Do you like sushi? Let’s go together.”
2. Spontaneous Invite
Want some lunch company but you didn’t plan ahead? Send a spontaneous invite and see what happens.
“I am going to Chipotle. Want to come?”
“I know its last minute, but wanna grab a bite of lunch at my fave burger joint?”
3. Point of Interest Invite
Choose a place that you or your friend would like to try (New places in your city/town are typically the best).
“There is a new Italian place. Want to meet me there?”
“There’s a new salad place. Want to share one with me and grab an ice cream after?”
4. Request Invite
The reason this style of invitation works is that it shows your friend some level of need and suggests a way for them to fulfill that need.
“I need a lunch partner/friend. Will you be mine?”
5. Flirty Invites
The reason this invitation style works is that it is a great way to suggest a date without being super direct about it. By sending the invite a little last minute, you are showing interest but not too much pre-meditated interest.
If you really want to make your flirtatious intentions clear, add a flirty emoji like a winky face, flame/fire, or kissy face to the end of the message.
“Are you free for lunch? If yes, I’m in the mood for Thai food.”
“I was thinking about having some Mexican food with you today. Wanna join me?”
Depending on your friends, you may want to be more formal and stick to the basic “invitation” wording. However, if you’re close with your friends, try a more casual approach. Maybe throw in some funny text messages or memes that will make them laugh before lunchtime ever rolls around. Either way, make sure they know when (where) you’ll be meeting up so that there are no misunderstandings.
Birthdays are a great opportunity to celebrate your friends, show them how much you care, and ‘treat’ them to something a little extra special.
This year, try doing something new, different, or unexpected. Here are 8 spectacular birthday treat ideas for your significant other, friends, or family.
If you decide to go bigger than a treat, and throw a whole party, check out our post on the Ultimate List of Adult Color Party Themes.
For the Adventurous Friend: An ‘Open When’ Envelope and Box
A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, and it can definitely be constantly surprising. Give your friend a box of gifts or fun activities to do during their birthday and seal each one in an individual envelope to be opened only at a specified time.
The gifts or activities can be as simple or creative as you want them to be. You could write notes about why your friend means so much to you, write memories of times spent together, give them a coupon for something they like doing (like going out for coffee), draw pictures of your favorite moments together, decorate each one however fits your friend best.
The point is that it’s not an expensive item—it’s an expression of how much they mean to you and how grateful you are for their friendship.
For the Sweets Lover: A Giant Customized Cookie Cake
When your friend’s birthday rolls around, you want to find a way to celebrate that makes them feel special. If you’re looking to do something different than the typical “happy birthday” text or shout out on social media, consider surprising them with a giant, custom decorated cookie cake instead.
It’s easy to make at home or purchase from a store. So skip the fancy dinner and start planning an silly evening in with friends decorating giant cookie cakes!
For the Green Nature-Lover: Delicacies Developed in Organic Dirt
If your friend is an organic food connoisseur, make your birthday treat extra thoughtful by finding a fun organic dessert. An organic food is one that has been grown or raised in a way that supports the growth of healthy soil. Organic farmers use natural fertilizers and pest controls instead of synthetic chemicals. The result is healthier plants and animals, which makes for healthier people.
We recommend Gold Belly! As one of America’s only fully organic bake shops, you will have no trouble finding a yummy birthday option.
For the Fitness Junky: Fragrant Long-Lasting Sweet
Know someone who is on a serious fitness journey? If health is the main priority, then it only makes sense to make their birthday a healthy one too. Curb their sweet tooth by grabbing a healthy smoothie, acai bowl, or yogurt together, and gifting them the a mouthwatering candle or room freshener that can be enjoyed as a sweet delicious ‘treat’ for weeks to come.
For the Fun-Lover: Foods You Can Play With
If you’re anything like me, food is just plain fun. Whether you playfully arrange cubed cheese and crackers on a plate in the shape of your friend’s face, or foods that require some creativity, fun food is a birthday must.
With that in mind, here are a few quirky options:
Custom Designed Pancakes
Animal Shaped Bao Buns
Wooden Drumstick Spoons
Marshmallow Shooter Gun w/Marshmallows
For the Fine Drink Lover: A Custom Wine Bottle
The idea is simple: A bottle of your friend’s favorite wine, customized with a message.
The great thing about this present is that it’s inexpensive and easy to put together. Plus, you’ve got the option to go as simple or creative as you like.
If you’re short on time and just want something small, all you need is a bottle of your favorite wine (or, even better, their favorite) and a piece of paper to write a message on. Wrap it up in a paper bag, tie it with a ribbon and bow, and voila—you’ve got yourself an instant gift that your friend will love.
If you want to up the quality of your gift, you can purchase quality customizable wines from Windsor Vineyards.
For the Festive Decor-Oriented Darling: Chic Bouquet of Balloons
You know how it is, you have a friend who’s getting older and you don’t want to buy them another book or home decor item. You want to find something that’s going to make them feel special, but also make them smile.
Themed balloon bouquets are all the rage right now. Party companies offer tons of cute, fun designs that will definitely fit the interest or aesthetic taste of the birthday person!
For the One who Loves Trying New Things: Eclectic Collection of Unique Snacks
If you’re looking for a unique gift to give your best friend on their birthday, try creating a gift basket filled with interesting snacks. It’s easy to do, and more affordable than you might think!
Use a container that suits your friend’s interests and head to a specialty store that stocks unique snacks and drinks. Stock up on a few uncommon foods and a few things your friend will enjoy, the mix of flavors will make the treat much more exciting!