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.

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    A "welcome party" is a party that you are pleased has occurred and that you hoped for in advance. A "welcoming party" is a party (group of people) whose purpose is to welcome some other person. – The Photon Dec 1 '17 at 5:13
  • I'm glad that you want to participate, but questions like this require context. You should add more context to your question to make it answerable. Plus, since this a grammar website, proper capitalization would be appreciated. The help center contains a lot of good advice. – Spencer Dec 1 '17 at 11:33

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.

  • Nicely done, +1. You might want to note that the source of confusion is the word "party", which could refer to an event or a group of people. – Lawrence Dec 1 '17 at 6:42

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