A party’s not a party unless the venue looks festive, and often that means a shopping trip and a search for expensive invitations, streamers and banners. Turns out, though, you can do the same job for less by using your printer to make attractive—and affordable—party extras.
Here’s a checklist of some of the most popular paper party fare, all of which you can make yourself with a little creativity and your printer.
Every good party starts with an invitation. But even a small package of invites can be pricey. Designing your own gives you the chance to give those invitations a creative twist, and when produced with a color printer, you’ll be able to experiment with a few different designs until you find the perfect look. Need a little help? There are lots of templates to be found online.
It’s important to consider the type of paper you’ll use. Standard inkjet or laser paper is perfectly fine for a kid’s birthday party, but if you’re planning something more along the lines of a grown-up cocktail party or an anniversary celebration, you’ll want something more appropriate. For these events, paper tinted with a festive pastel color may have the right look and feel, or you could consider translucent vellum paper to give invitations a more upscale appearance.
Paper pre-printed with party-themed borders is also available if you’re looking for a shortcut.
You’ve got to have decorations, so fire up your imagination and your printer and get to work. Here are a few ideas to consider:
You can easily create a variety of customized games that offer a personalized twist on the original classics. At a bridal shower, Bridal Bingo can feature tidbits about the bride and groom that partygoers fill in over the course of the party. Pin the Tail on the Donkey has been a favorite at kid’s parties for generations. Here’s a way to give it a modern twist: Print a personalized tail for each guest, each bearing their picture and name. Kids have lots of imagination, so let them decorate the tails before the game begins.
From gift labels and place cards, to signage separating the chocolate from the carrot cupcakes, you can use your printer to add little touches to the party that can help guests find their way or add that little something extra to the event. A wide range of paper stock is available to make this easy, including adhesive labels in a variety of shapes and sizes, thick cardstock, and even perforated cardboard tags. The day after the event, you can even turn a photo from the party into a memorable thank you card.
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