Although inviting people to your party is an important step in party planning, recent technology has made this task so much easier than it used to be.
Christmas party invitations range from the very upscale personalized invitations all the way to the very-quick-to-create email invitations.
Decide what kind of party you are going to have and match your invitations to the theme.
If you are planning a formal sit down dinner party, then maybe you want to send snail mail, classier Christmas dinner invitations as opposed to simple email invitations.
There are three choices available if you want to mail your own party invitations:
If you decide to use an on line service, I highly recommend using VistaPrints.com. I recently ordered some personal items and was very impressed with how easy it was to completely design them myself.
Everything was easy to follow and navigation from screen to screen was very straightforward so I didn't feel lost halfway through the process.
Each step was clearly marked from beginning to end, unlike some other services I have used.
If you don't want to completely design everything yourself, you can use one of their templates (like the one above) and just fill in the wording, like "Time of Party" "Date" and so forth. Steps are as follows:
Once you arrive on this screen, choose the category you prefer ("Birthday" "Christmas" or whatever), choose the template and then proceed with the other steps.
One of the easiest ways to design invitations and get them out quickly is to use Evite for your guests who are on email.
I am warning you now. Once you begin using Evite, you may never go back to traditional invitations again. On-line invitations are perfect for our busy lifestyles and can be used for almost any occasion, except more formal affairs. The process:
Seriously, what could be easier? Click here to design Christmas invitations using Evite now.
I especially love the ease of creating mass amounts of free Christmas invitations very easily using Microsoft Powerpoint.
When I am in a pinch, I can not afford to waste time hand addressing invitations or waiting for them to come in the mail. I taught myself how to create very basic free invitations in Powerpoint and I use this method at least once a year.
To learn how to create free Christmas invitations in Powerpoint, click here to go to my Design Powerpoint Invitations page. You will find detailed instructions with a video and screen shots to help you along.
If you plan on sending your invitations through the mail, the easiest way to get them addressed is to create address labels in Microsoft Word.
Go to this page to learn how to Create Address Labels in Microsoft Word. Look for the link at the top of the page to go directly to that section.
Once you get your invitations in the envelopes with the address labels attached, make sure you have a return address in the upper left corner of every envelope. Each year I get a few holiday letters and Christmas party invitations back in the mail because, for whatever reason, they were undeliverable.
VistaPrint.com is my chosen vendor for both as they have several Christmas designs to choose from and they offer special pricing on certain products and shipping expenses.
Depending on the type of party you are having, I have found that you can either go nuts with the party decorations or you can really keep it simple and still show off your home with subtle, classy style. Either way, you'll find great Christmas party ideas here for how to do it right.
Ah...recipes. My favorite part of party planning. I've gathered some of my favorite party recipes for you that are sure to delight all of your guests. I am not called the Theme Party Queen for nothing!
|Holiday Table Centerpieces
Create your own Holiday Table Centerpieces with simple craft items and things you already have around your home. Ideas for holiday decorations, theme centerpieces or budget wedding centerpieces.
This is my husband's area of expertise. In my opinion, the party music sets the tone for the whole evening. Have you ever been to a party where the music really didn't fit the theme or the age of the crowd? It's really kind of a downer. Compare that to a party where the music is well thought out and never ending. The party is in full swing the whole night! Find some suggestions here on how to do it right.
|Costumes & Attire
This section has ideas ranging from full blown party costumes, like dressing up in a Santa suit, to the more subtle things that you can add to your attire, like wearing a funny T-shirt or hat. Find lots of great ideas here.
|Fun Party Games
This selection of Christmas party games includes options for all age groups. Some are perfect for kids holiday school parties while others work well for large adult parties at home and office.