How to create your own '80s invitations

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How to create your own '80s invitations
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Theme parties tend to be a hit with party guests. One of the most popular theme parties for Generation Xers and teens is an '80s theme party. In addition to '80s music and decorations, you can create your own '80s party invitations to get your invitees excited from the moment they open the invitation.

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Things you need

  • Printer
  • Blank Invitation Cards

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  1. 1

    Open up the Microsoft Paint application on your computer (or similar drawing application). Use this program to draw geometric shapes and squiggles. Use bright, eye-catching colours such as neon pink, neon green and neon orange--all popular colours of the '80s. Put these shapes just around the edge of the invitation.

  2. 2

    Find images of '80s icons, from '80s television shows, movies and music on Wikimedia commons or from your own photos from home. You can also find pictures of products that were popular in the '80s. Resize these images using a photo editing application (see Resources).

    Some examples of '80s icons are movies like Footloose and Back to the Future, musicians like Cyndi Lauper and The Cure, television stars like Kirk Cameron and "Urkel," and products like Rubik's Cube.

  3. 3

    Cut and paste these images so that they fit between the geometric shapes, like a collage.

  4. 4

    Open your computer's word processing application to create the party invitation's information. For example, type out the location, time, and phone number where invitees can R.S.V.P.

    For added impact, use an '80s-style font, such as a "Back to the Future" font for your invitation (see Resources).

  5. 5

    Print out the invitations. Print the images on the front of the invitations, then open them to print out the party information on the inside of the card.

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