As fall starts to settle in, I tend to start into party planning mode. Fall is the perfect time to slow down, remember what makes you excited to get up in the mornings and focus more on those people you love being around. This time of year, I always find myself thumbing through recipes that I want to make (or perfect) which always brings to mind the friends that I want to invite to share a meal with me. For those of you who find yourselves doing the same, Tesco is sharing some tips for DIY-ing your celebration invitations.
“I Made Them Myself” — a DIY Approach to Invitations
Designers are passionate about designing things. That’s part of what makes them so good at their job. They know how to find the perfect typeface to express your personality. They can create, capture or source the ideal images to give your invitations a professional, high-quality finish.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for traditional home-made invitations. In fact, they’re a pleasant way to express your personality first-hand – and turn creating invitations into a memorable shared experience for you and your family.
You can choose from a range of stationery at Tesco and make a fine invitation. Remember to bear in mind the following things:
Has your concept got character?
When you’re making your own invitations, character and personality make them special. If you’re simply going to recreate styles and designs you’ve seen elsewhere, what’s the point? You may as well get a professional to take care of things for you.
So always begin with a concept. This could match with the theme of your event, or reflect an aspect of your personality — maybe a hobby or pastime. Once you know what you’re trying to express about yourself or your event, brainstorm different ways to achieve it, from unusual images to inspirational quotes.
How stationery adds style
You could discover the ideal theme. You could spend hours working on your computer or sketching drafts ready to copy onto the final invitations. None of that matters, however, if your stationery lets you down.
From ready-made invitation kits to high-quality card stock, choosing the right stationery will ultimately determine that all-important first impression when your guests receive your invites. Does your paper feel prestigious? Do your envelopes feel elegant?
Design is important, but turning that into a reality means finding the right stationery, too.
Check twice, send once
Finally, before you run off 250 invitations and hit the post, print a single copy and check it thoroughly. Open it up and ask yourself how it feels — and ask a few close friends, too.
At the same time, be sure to check that the invitation includes all the information your guests will need, presented clearly and concisely. When you’re wrapped up in design and style, it can be easy to forget important stuff like dates and places.
When you’re happy with what you have, you’re ready to go. Print, pack, send — and wait for great big reaction from your friends and family.