How to make invitations & menu request cards

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Due to the surge in popularity of "do it yourself" projects, many people opt to create or design merchandise they might have otherwise purchased. Desktop publishing software has made it possible to save money by making your own party or wedding invitations. Plus it gives you the opportunity to personalise and add some flair to your project. This article will explain how to make invitations and menu request cards.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Word or other word-processing program
  • Printer

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Instructions

    How to Make Invitations

  1. 1

    In Microsoft Word, click once on the "View" menu and select "Task Pane." This will launch a Task Pane to the right of the screen from where you can search for invitation templates. If the Task Pane automatically launches when you open Microsoft Office Word, you can skip this step.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  2. 2

    Type "invitations" in the "Search for" field in the Task Pane and then click once on the arrow to the right of the field. This will search Microsoft Office Online for invitation templates, and display a list of matching selections for you to choose from. In this example, "wedding invitations" is used to narrow down the search.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  3. 3

    Click once on the invitation you want to preview. This will launch another window that displays the template, and provides you with an opportunity to download it.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  4. 4

    Click once on the "Download" button once you have decided on a template to use.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  5. 5

    Adjust the text of the template, and change fonts or pictures to personalise the invitation. To replace text, highlight the entire selection and type in the replacement text. To change the font or colour of the text, highlight the entire selection and use the options from the formatting menu. To change pictures, click once on each picture and press the "Delete" key. Insert pictures using the "Picture" selection from the "Insert" menu. You can use your own pictures, or take a look at the Microsoft Clip Art images that you can download (see Resources).

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  6. 6

    Save and print your invitations when you have completed making your changes. Consider printing them on heavier or designer paper. Depending on the template you use, you might have to cut them down. The example used for this article has two invitations per page, and they are right aligned. Use a paper cutter to make certain everything stays centred and even.

    How to Make Menu Request Cards

  1. 1

    Click once on the "View" menu in Word and select "Task Pane."

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  2. 2

    Type "response card" in the "Search for" field in the Task Pane and then click once on the arrow to the right of the field. To match the invitation example, "wedding response card" is used.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  3. 3

    Click once on the response card you want to preview. While there are no "menu" request card templates listed in the example, it is easy to adjust the text of the card to read as one.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  4. 4

    Click once on the "Download" button once you have decided on a template to use.

    How to make invitations & menu request cards
  5. 5

    Adjust the text of the template, and change fonts or pictures to personalise the invitation. This can be done in the same manner as step 6 from section 1. The important part here is to adjust the text, so that it reads as a menu request card. In the example, note that the "unable to attend" line was moved to the top, and two lines were added to the bottom that list the menu options. This can be customised to match your specific situation.

  6. 6

    Save and print your menu request cards when you have completed making your changes. Once again, consider printing them on heavier or designer paper and use a paper cutter to make certain everything stays centred and even.

Tips and warnings

  • Microsoft Publisher has many more template options available for invitations and response cards.
  • Make certain the design and text of your invitations and menu request cards match one another. You can also print envelopes to match, but make certain the invitations and cards fit into the envelope size you choose.

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