If a loved one’s birthday is coming up, think about creating your own party invitations. This way, the invitations become as special as the event itself. With just a little time, some inexpensive supplies, and a lot of creativity, you can come up with fun and unique invitation cards that would surely suit the theme of your coming party. If you don’t have too much time to spend, you can use Microsoft Word to come up personalized birthday invitation cards. This software provides card templates that will save you time but will still allow you to customize the colors, graphics, and texts on your invitations.
- Download a template for your card. Launch Microsoft Word and hit the Office button, this is the round tab at the upper left corner of the screen. Click on the “New” tab. This will open a window labeled, “New Document.” Look at the task pane on the left. Scroll down the “Templates” menu and select “Invitations.” The task pane in the middle will let you choose from different kinds of templates available to you. If you don’t have any birthday party templates installed, just download a free template from the Microsoft Office website. You will need access to the Internet should you choose to download a template. Click on the “Party Invitations” link and the software will show you thumbnails of literally hundreds of invitations templates. Choose the best one for your party theme and click on it. You will see a close up of the thumbnail at the right-most panel. Hit the “Download” button and the software will automatically download and show the template in a new window.
- Personalize the template that you downloaded. The first page of the card is typically the front or cover of the invitations. Go to the second page and change the event descriptions in the boxed field. Complete the information on your invitation. If you want to change the color and font of the text, just go to the “Home” menu and tweak the settings on the Font tab. If you want to change any of the pictures in the template, just click on that picture and then select “Insert” from the menu at the top of your screen. Click on, “Picture”. A window will pop up and allow you to choose any picture available on your computer. Select the picture that you want to use and click, “Insert.”
- Don’t forget to save your invitation card. You can save your new document by pressing down on the “Ctrl” and the “S” buttons together. If this shortcut doesn’t work for you, do it the old fashioned way by clicking on the Office button and selecting “Save” from the menu. Key in a document name for your invitation card and press “Enter.”
- Print out your party invitation. Load your printer with the paper or board of your choice. Once you are satisfied with the look of your card, print it by pressing “Ctrl” and “P” at the same time. The long way is by going to the Office menu and clicking on “Print.” A Print window will pop up and allow you to choose how you want to print your card. To instruct your printer to print on both sides of the sheet of paper, or duplex print, just check the “Manual Duplex” option. This can be found under the “Find Printer” button in the dialog box marked “Print.” Press “Enter.” Once your printer is done on one side, load that paper again so the rest of the invitation information can be printed on the reverse side of that paper.
Once you are done printing, cut and fold the invitation cards depending
on the size of the envelope that you will use. You can personalize the
invitations even more by sticking on 3D stickers or using colored
glitter glue to highlight the pictures and texts on your card. Allow any
glue to dry before slipping the birthday invitation cards in envelopes.