How to write a clever & snappy surprise party invitation

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How to write a clever & snappy surprise party invitation
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The right invitation can do a good job of setting the atmosphere for a party before the event even starts. To write a clever and snappy party invitation, spend a little bit of time brainstorming what or who the party is for, the types of guests that will be there, and the mood of the party.

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    Find a theme for your party. Before you write a word, you must have a clear concept of the type of party the invitation refers to. For a party for adults, you may be able to use more suggestive language. For a children's party, a rhyming invitation may be amusing. If the party host has a sense of humour, she will appreciate an invitation with a punchline. A more elegant party requires proper etiquette. Brainstorm on the theme and jot down a few clever ideas on how you might describe the event.

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    Choose your writing materials. The way you write the invitation can be as important in making the invitation seem snappy as the actual words you choose. Experiment with calligraphy pens, markers in various colours, or branch out by using other materials. For example, cut the individual words or letters of your invitation from a magazine for a collage effect that will make your party invitation pop. A time-consuming but elegant option would be to "write" the title of the invitation with a thin silk ribbon or piece of lace. Again, these choices should reflect the mood and atmosphere of the party.

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    Decide on the format of your invitation. Regular party invitations come in a simple two-page card format, but for a truly clever invitation there are many other formats to consider. For example, even a simple piece of origami, pressed flat into the invitation, makes for a snappy pop-up effect when the invitation is opened. Another option is to format the card more as a brochure, with several pages to open and examine. For a party celebrating a birthday, anniversary or birth, consider including several pictures of the individual, couple or family. Let the caption of each picture serve as one line of the written invitation.

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    Write and create one party invitation as a mock-up to play with until you figure out what works. The key to writing a truly eye-catching invitation is to do the unexpected, so take the opportunity to throw all traditions out the window and try something new.

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