Let invitees of your upcoming dance party know to put on their blue suede boogie shoes by sending a personal invitation. Instead of settling for a generic store-bought card, create your own invitations for free on the computer by taking advantage of software programs already on your system or through free trials. An invitation acts as a way to tell guests to save the date on their calendars for your special occasion and get them in the mood for the event. After creating your invitations, sit back and let the jump-and-jiving RSVPs roll in.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Publisher, Word or Paint
Open Publisher or download a free trial and click the "More Blank Page Sizes" button on the "Available Templates" pane. Click the "Create new page size" button under the "Custom" section and type your preferred invitation dimensions, such as 5 by 7 inches. Click the "OK" button and then double-click the "New Page Size" button with those dimensions. Publisher automatically opens and zooms in the invitation.
Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen and click the "Draw Text Box" button in the middle of the toolbar at the top of the screen. Click and drag the mouse to draw a text box on the top of the invitation. Type the invitation greeting, such as "You're Invited" or "Please Join Us for a Dance Party." Highlight the words, click the "Home" tab at the top of the screen and use the controls in the "Font" section to change the headline's font, size and colour.
Add another text box to the bottom of the invitation and type the main party details, such as date, time, location, music theme, what to wear and what to bring. Include information on how to RSVP.
Click the "Insert" tab again and click the "Clip Art" button below it. Type a word or phrase such as "dancing," "dancers," "dance-a-thon" or "dance shoes" into the "Search for" box and click "Go." Scroll through the results and double-click a graphic. Drag it into place in the middle of the invitation. Resize as desired by pressing the "Shift" key and dragging a corner of the graphic using the mouse.
Click the "Page Design" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Background" button on the right side of the toolbar and hover your cursor over the different background designs to see how they look on the invitation. Click a background to confirm it on the card.
Click the "File" menu, click "Save As," type a name for the invitation and save it to your computer.
Open Paint and click the Paint button in the top-left corner of the window. Click "Properties" and type your invitation size, such as 4 by 6 inches. Click "OK" and Paint automatically changes the workspace.
Click one of the coloured squares in the "Colors" section of the toolbar at the top of the screen. This is the text colour for the invitation headline. Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A" on the "Tools" section of the toolbar. Select a font and size, click the invitation and type the headline, such as "Put On Your Dancing Shoes" or "Swing Dance this Saturday."
Move your cursor lower on the page, click again and type additional dance party information, such as where the party will be held, what to wear, how to respond and any requests for food or donations.
Click a new paint colour in the "Colors" section. Click the "Brushes" button and select the "Marker" brush head. Click the "Size" button and select the top, thinnest line. Draw a simple graphic, such as a music note, high heeled dance shoe or a record album. Switch paint colours to add additional designs to the graphic.
Click the Paint button and click "Save As." Give the invitation a name and save it to your computer.
Open Word or download a free trial, click the "File" tab and click "New." Double-click the "Invitations" button and double-click one of the invitation folders, such as "Party invitations" or "Event invitations." Scroll through the available Word templates and double-click an invitation; any invitation may be customised to the dance party with a new headline and images.
Highlight the placeholder headline on the invitation and type directly over the words with your own, such as "Dance Your Bobby Socks Off" or "Dance for Charity This Weekend." Highlight and type over the additional placeholder text on the invitation with information about your party. Highlight the new text, click the "Home" tab and change the words' font, text size, text colour and position as desired.
Click once on a graphic on the invitation and press the "Delete" key to remove it. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen and click the "Clip Art" button. Type "dance" or a dance term into the "Search for" box and click "Go." Scroll through the results and double-click an image to add it to the invitation.
Click the "Page Layout" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Page Borders" button in the middle of the toolbar at the top of the screen. Pull down the "Color" menu and click a coloured square for the border of the invitation. Pull down the "Width" menu to select the border's thickness. Click "OK" and the invitation has a border.
Click the "File" tab, click "Save As," type a name for the invitation and save it to your computer.
Tips and warnings
- Every installation of the Windows operating system comes with the Paint graphics software, so you'll be able to make basic dance party invitations for free at any time. Microsoft Word is included in all versions of the Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Publisher is included with the Professional Suite. If you don't have these programs, you can still experiment with them and make your dance party invitations for free by downloading a free trial of Microsoft Office. You'll have a month to create invitations and test out your comfort factor with the software.
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