Secret Santa parties are a great way to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and colleagues without breaking the bank. Each guest is given the name of another guest and is responsible for buying them a gift -- usually within an agreed price range. Gifts are then wrapped anonymously and handed out at the party, leaving guests to try and figure out the identity of their Secret Santa. To add an extra special touch to your party -- and perhaps encourage your guests to be equally creative -- hand make your invitations.
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Things you need
- Coloured Pens
- Festive Stickers
- Festive Stamps (optional)
Write out the key information. You may wish to do this on the computer to save you writing out multiple invitations; however, if you have access to a photocopier or scanner, you could do this by hand.
Position the text centrally, including information about where the party is, when it starts and finishes, RSVP details and anything else your guests may need to know. This could be done on A4 paper, though A5 would probably be sufficient.
Make an A5 invitation by changing your paper orientation to landscape in your word processor then setting the page to have two "columns." Both page orientation and column options usually come under the "Layout" options in word processors.
Resize your writing so it fits on one side then copy-paste it into the second column. If the text flows between the two columns use the return key between the two blocks of text until they are each in separate columns.
Decorate your invitations. Again, this could be done on the computer using the range of "clip art" images that are usually available with word processors or images found on the internet, but it adds a personal touch if you complete the invitations yourself and could be a good arts and crafts activity for children.
Use festive colours like red and green to create a simple border around your words, then draw pictures and add stickers as desired. You could also purchase some festive stamps and ink -- either simple flat stamps to add a festive image or a stamp wheel to create a border.
Decorate the envelope to add the finishing touches. If you are handing out invitations, you can put as much decoration on as you wish, but if posting, it is important to keep the address clear. Stick to sealing the envelope with a festive sticker, then use Christmas stamps or perhaps add one image in the bottom right corner of the envelope.
Tips and warnings
- Once your guests have replied and you've sorted out who's buying for who, send out the names on business cards decorated in a similar way.
- Coloured paper could be used, but stamping and drawing works best on white. Perhaps stick your white invitation onto a piece of coloured paper to create an easy border.
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