or is it okay with both? someone said it's awkward to use former one, but i just want to know how native speakers feel when they hear each.
closed as off-topic by Scott, Nigel J, Rob_Ster, oerkelens, RaceYouAnytime Dec 1 '17 at 19:36
This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:
- "Please include the research you’ve done, or consider if your question suits our English Language Learners site better. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic." – Scott, Nigel J, Rob_Ster, oerkelens, RaceYouAnytime
I found that somebody asked the exact question many years before, on two different forums:
The answers on both pages are in agreement. Interestingly, both terms are appropriate in their own context, but do not mean the same thing:
Stick with "welcome party" if you are talking about a celebration (with food and drinks). A "welcoming party" would be a group of people gathered to meet someone -- user @boozer on forum.wordreference.com
To my ear a welcome party is an event and a welcoming party is a group of people (with the task of welcoming someone) -- user @BobK on www.usingenglish.com
Your question does not specify which meaning you have in mind. You might edit to clarify. May I add that a group of people assembled to welcome somebody is also called "welcoming committee" or "reception committee" but "welcoming committee" can also possibly mean "a committee that is friendly and welcoming" so "reception committee" might be a better choice than both "welcoming party" and "welcoming committee" to avoid confusing the listener or reader.
Note: the source of confusion is the word "party", which could refer to an event or a group of people.