Before figuring out the kind of New Year party invitations you want to send, you have to decide what kind of New Year party you are going to have. Is it going to be a more formal party with a sit down dinner? Or is it going to be a casual party where you serve appetizers and desserts?
There are several ways you can go with party invitations depending on the type of party you are having and how much time you have to prepare the them. I have used all of the ones listed below at one time or another. Sometimes a combination of a couple of them in order to reach all of my guests.
Whatever you do, don't get hung up on sending the perfect New Year party invitation. Remember that the goal is to get the date on their calendars not to impress them with how fancy the invitations are. You have a few choices:
Fold them into thirds then either put them in an envelope or seal them with a sticker. If you use the stickers, ask the post office to manually scan them as opposed to putting them through the automated machines.
This method is a little bit more laborious but pretty easy overall especially for big parties and for people not on email.
Whether you choose to hand address your New Year party invitations or use labels, I highly recommend keeping your addresses in a spreadsheet. It makes it so much easier to just pull out this list when you need it. I use Excel and create the following columns:
Some people have an aversion to using labels on personal mailings, however I have found them to be a huge time saver and one of the reasons why I have had so many successful parties.
I decided a long time ago that my time is better spent planning the menu and finding cool recipes than hand addressing invitations so I keep my addresses in a spreadsheet and use it to create labels.
Here's how I make them using Microsoft Word. From the Tools menu:
The Label Option dialog box will come up and here's where you choose the kind of stock that you will be using. Microsoft Word references Avery brand numbers (ex. "Avery # 5160). You can buy cheaper ones and Office Depot references Avery numbers on their boxes to make it easy for you to use Microsoft's label program with their stock.
On each Office Depot box, they reference an Avery number so that you know what to choose in Microsoft Word ("same size as Avery # 5160). There are 3000 labels per box that are 1" x 2-5/8" in size. One box goes a long way.
Find the document that you've previously saved with the addresses (Excel if that's what you used). It's best if your document has only one tab.
The interface is very user friendly in Word and once you get the hang of it, you will see why I recommend printing labels instead of hand addressing party invitations.
Choosing and sending New Year party invitations doesn't have to stress you out. Hopefully some of the ideas above will make this part of home party planning a breeze so you can get onto the more important tasks at hand like planning the menu.
One of my favorite things to do is choosing the recipes I am going to serve. I could look at cookbooks for hours, but you don't have too! I've gathered some of my favorites here for you to choose from.
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