Tips for Making Your Own Party Invitations

Because of all the advancements in digital imagery on the Web, it’s become quite common to make your own printable party invitations. Before this trend began, if you wanted to make an invitation you had to somehow find free clip art you liked and then design the invitation yourself. And if you did that, you ran the risk of people thinking you were a little nutty, because it was commonly accepted that invitations came from stationers or printers, or at the very least were bought in a store.

For many, the move toward making their own party invitations started as a way to save money. But nowadays a lot of people create their own invitations as a means of expressing their creativity. Thankfully, even people who aren’t that oriented toward arts and crafts can make their own invitations too. There are so many good free designs available online, all but the most technically challenged people can make them. That’s not to say there aren’t some hitches you might encounter when printing your own party invitations though. So you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind:

Printable party invitations

Printable party invitations

  • Not all invitation artwork is created equal, so you should make sure the art is high resolution for the best results.  Images that are 300 dpi (dots per inch) work best, but 200 dpi images often work just as well. You can sometimes even get away with 100 dpi, if the artwork isn’t detailed.
  • You’ll save card stock and time if you put at least two party invitations on a page. Since many party invitation templates just have one image, you’ll need to duplicate your chosen image and place at least versions of them two side by side, with at least one set of edges touching each other. You can do this in a program like MS Publisher, or even in MS Word. If you use Word, text boxes or tables will help you align the art properly.
  • A paper cutter is the best choice to trim your invitations down to size. There are fairly inexpensive ones on the market, so it’s worth picking one up if you don’t already have one. If you don’t want to buy one, you can always just take your printed invitations to a printer, copy center or office supply store to be cut for a small fee.

These tips should help you get the best results from any free invitation templates you find on the Web. Don’t be surprised if it takes a little practice to get them right though. As with many creative endeavors, experimentation is sometimes required. Just keep trying until you ‘re happy with the final results. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with a great feeling of satisfaction when your party guests compliment you on the great job you did!