How to make invitations for a 1920s style party

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How to make invitations for a 1920s style party
Changing fashions of the 1920s shocked traditionalists. (Getty Creative)

The 1920s were a time of unbridled optimism and excess. Jazz music swept through popular culture, transforming social norms. Fashion was dominated by flappers and top hats, while literature extolled the travails of the Lost Generation. It was an exciting time and it makes a great theme for a party or get-together. Making invitations for a 1920s-themed party is a snap and can help set the tone for a memorable evening.

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Things you need

  • Blank card invitations
  • Graphics or word processing software
  • Colour printer
  • Fonts

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  1. 1

    Buy blank card invitations. If you're on a tight budget, you can create your own by cutting standard printing paper horizontally in half. Before you get the cards, make sure your printer is capable of accommodating the card size.

  2. 2

    Download a printing font with a 1920s feel, perhaps something with an elegant art deco style. carries a number of free fonts that reflect the era you're looking for (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Open up two new files in a word processing program or graphics program. If you want to include images on your invitation, use a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. Otherwise, you can use a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. The files should be the same dimensions as the cards you have purchased: one will serve as the front of your invitation and the other will serve as the back.

  4. 4

    Locate a copyright-free graphic to use on the front of your invitation. It can be a picture of top hat and gloves, a pinstriped gangster, a martini glass or a flapper Charlestoning the night away. Free clip art is available all over the Internet (see Resources, for suggestions).

  5. 5

    Click and drag the graphic onto one of your open documents and centre it. Make sure you have enough room to fit the entire document as well as some additional space for words.

  6. 6

    Type in some words above the image using the font you have chosen. The text should be simple and direct ("You're Invited" or "A Party") and large enough to be clearly visible on the card. Make sure the writing doesn't crowd the image unduly and that there is at least a little space between the text and the edges of the page (you want at least 6mm (1/4 of an inch) worth of white space around the border). The text should be centred within the page as well.

  7. 7

    Type in more details on the second document you have open, detailing the time and the location of the party, RSVP info and any specifics your guests should know such as whether they should come in 1920s-style costumes. You can use a different font on the inside as you used on the outside, but make sure it's legible at a smaller size (some of those art deco fonts can be pretty obscure). Center your typing on the card and make sure it all fits within the borders (again, you want at least 6mm (1/4 inch) worth of white space on the edges).

  8. 8

    Place the blank invitations on the printer tray and print the first document. Then flip the invitations over and print out the second document. Try printing a sample first.

  9. 9

    Check your invitations to see that they are what you want, then mail them out to your guests.

Tips and warnings

  • Always spellcheck your invitations before printing them up. Nothing ruins the classy decor like a prominent typo.

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