The invitations are almost ready to send; you have the date, time, event and location, but you should include a map for directions and proper party planning etiquette. A printer is a good thing to own when it comes to a repetitive job, such as making a dozen or so maps. If you do not own a printer, you probably have a friend or relative who does.
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Find a free printable map service online, such as Mapquest or Google Maps. Enter the party or event address into the blank search box to bring up a map of the area. Zoom in or out on the map to show all necessary street names.
Once you have the map displayed the way you want it, click on the map services' print option--located at the top left of the screen if using Mapquest, the top right on Google Maps page--or activate your printer by clicking on your computer's print icon.
Customise your printed map by adding a significant detail to make the party location stand out, such as a bright red asterisk (*) with a pencil crayon or marker. Write the street address and your phone number at the top of the page. Write the address in the correct location on the map and highlight.
Using a printer, copy and print the required number of maps from your customised map. Fold the maps to tuck neatly inside the invitations.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to be creative, use the online map to draw the custom map entirely by hand. A printer will still come in handy to make duplicates.
- If sending invitations by e-mail, copy and paste the map, with the party address and phone number, into the body of your e-mail. Suggest that your guests print the map for use.
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