There's nothing like throwing a party for all of your friends and family.
Whether it's a wedding, a birthday, or simply a chance to get all of the most important people in your life together at once, having a party is one of the best things that you can do when you've got an evening free from work or responsibilities.
Of course, there's one very important thing that you cannot have a party without and that's guests. And how are your guests ever going to know about the party in the first place without invitations?
Sure, you could just send out a Facebook invite to everyone, but we all know how often those things get ignored. Often people just click "maybe" with no intention of turning up at all.
No, if you really want to make an impression and ensure that people really want to turn up to your event then you need invitations that can stand out and the best way to make them stand out is to get crafty and make them totally unique.
With that in mind, here are a few things that you can do to make your own invitations that are sure to get your guests attention.
Pick a scheme
If you're throwing a party, then it should have some kind of theme.
Sure, it doesn't need to be so extreme that everyone has to dress up and talk in funny voices, but having some kind of theme or colour scheme is a great way to give your party a little more pizazz! And that applies to your invitations as well. Your invitations should give a sense of what your party is going to be like to your guests.
Think about everything from the colours that you're using to the fonts that you're writing the invitation in. All of those things have a surprisingly big impact on how much of an impact it has on your guests when they first receive it. Not only that but it gives them a decent idea of what kind of party to expect so that no one arrives looking out of place or feeling confused.
Add the little details
When you're making an invitation, each one is going to be unique so why not make the most of that?
You should put some effort into the little details that are going to make your invitations that little bit more exciting for anyone receiving them. Things like embossed or cut details using die cutters from a company like Sizzix can take even the most typical looking invitation and turn it into something a little more interesting.
Don't be afraid to get a bit experimental with your invitations. Think about the negative space in them as well as the general shape and appearance. These little touches might not seem like much, but they really can make a big difference when it comes to helping your invitations get your guests' attention right away.
Make them personal
If you're going to make each invitation unique then why not make them personal as well.
Instead of just writing the same exact details on every single card, you could put in a bit of extra effort and write a personal message to whoever you're sending them to. A little personal note or private joke between you can make a huge difference when people are deciding whether or not to attend your party.
After all, if you can make someone feel special with the invitation, they're far more likely to feel welcome at the party overall. Not only that but having something totally personal will encourage your guests to hold onto their invitations as a token of your relationship with them, rather than just throwing them away like they would with something that you just bought from a store.
It doesn't take much to give your invitations a personal touch, just a few words here or a little extra detail there can make all of the difference in the world. Don't try to put your whole history onto the invitation though; it's always best to just keep things short and sweet.
Sure, making your own invitations is quite a bit more effort than just buying them from a store or simply sending out a mass text or email, but there really is nothing like making something from scratch and sending it out to the people that you really care about. Not only will it make more of an impression on your guests, but it gives them something unique that they will want to hold onto for a long time.
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