How to create your own first communion invitations for free

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How to create your own first communion invitations for free
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A First Communion is a special coming-of-age event of religious significance in a child's life for those of the Catholic faith. After a First Communion ceremony, a child becomes an adult in the eyes of God and can therefore receive Communion at mass. Planning a First Communion party, like any event, is hard work and there are numerous expenses involved, such as renting a venue, hiring catering services and a DJ or live band. Save money while planning the party by utilising free invitation options from card template sites. Friends and family with experience designing invitations can also help steer you in the right direction for your invitation design.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Microsoft Word program (optional)
  • Card stock (optional)
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Handmade paper (optional)
  • Calligraphy pens (optional)
  • Ribbons or small bows (optional)

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    Select a free First Communion invite template from sites such as My Fun Cards, Printable Greetings, 365 Greetings, Blue Mountain or Punchbowl. Browse each site to get an idea of selection options before making a choice.

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    Choose the font, text size, colour and spacing on the invitation once you have selected a template. Fill out the necessary information in the space provided on the template, including names of the person receiving First Communion and the person throwing the party, as well as the date and time, and names and locations of the church and party location. Be sure to include RSVP information.

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    Print as many of the cards as you require or send them as e-cards to save money on paper and stamps. E-cards are also an environmentally friendly option.

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    Design your own invites using Microsoft Word. Create a text box that is about 4 by 5 inches.

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    Select your font size and invitation colours. Type the name of the parents, child, church name and location, reception address, phone number and RSVP date on your template.

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    Add a photo of the child if desired or another appropriate image. Print the cards on card stock and use a paper cutter if necessary to create the right size invites.

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    Create invitations by hand using selected card stock or handmade paper for more inventive invite options. Handmade paper may be purchased online.

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    Use calligraphy pens to write the necessary information (names, church name and location, phone numbers, etc.) or ask a friend with calligraphy skills to help you with the invitations.

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    Punch holes in the invites for threading ribbon or glue small bows on the invites as decoration.

Tips and warnings

  • Thought not free, inexpensive First Communion invitation kits are often available through websites that provide Catholic faith products, including crosses and arm bands.
  • If creating your own First Communion invitation, ensure any images you use are not copyrighted to avoid legal issues.
  • Always choose reputable sites for printing invite templates.

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