Halloween parties can be a great way to kick off the holiday season! Schedules have not started filling up yet, the weather's not too cold, and everyone is in the mood to have fun. After you've decided on all of the important parts of your party, such as date, time, theme and place, you need to let everyone know about it! Creating Halloween invitations is an opportunity to let your guests know what to expect at your party.
1. Print or create? There are two ways to make Halloween party invitations. You can print an invitation that someone else has created, which means you just have to fill in the pertinent information, fold it, and mail it. Or, you can create it from start to finish, using whatever materials and designs you like. You should make this decision based on how much time you have, how many people you are planning to invite, and whether or not you enjoy craft activities. For a very quick and easy way to let people know about your party, create an invitation at a website such as Evite and e-mail it to your guests. You may even be able to enter your guest list and keep track of responses online.
2. Theme. The next decision is - do you want to feature your theme on the invitation? For example, if you're throwing a costume party, you could design an invitation with ghosts and ghouls on the front. Vellum is a lightweight, somewhat transparent type of paper that works well for creating ghosts, especially on a dark background. You could also cut out a mask, then decorate it with sequins and feathers. For a pumpkin-decorating party, cut pumpkin shapes out of cardstock and put jack-o-lantern faces on them with construction paper, markers or paint. If you are hand-delivering your invitations, a novel idea is to purchase mini pumpkins and paint a face on the front, then use permanent markers to write your party information on the back. You can then leave these pumpkins on the front porch of your guests. Even if you choose to just use pre-printed invitations, you can add details to bring them to life. For example, if your invitation has a scarecrow on the front, you can cut a small opening by each of the scarecrow's hands and tuck in a bit of straw, then tape or glue it down on the back side. You could also glue on miniature googly eyes to give your guests a chuckle when they open your invitation. A scrapbooking website such as Scrapbook can provide lots of creative ideas for invitations if you need help getting started.
3. Party information. Of course, the most important part of any party invitation is the who, what, when and where. If you use a folded invitation, you can print this information inside. To keep it even simpler, make a two-sided invitation and just write the party information on the back. If you want the party to be over by a certain time, put both a starting and ending time on the invitation. Don't forget to tell guests what will be provided and what, if anything, they should bring. You may want to note what type of attire is appropriate, also, especially if you'll be doing anything messy, such as carving pumpkins or bobbing for apples. Be sure to add RSVP if you need to know how many guests to expect. If you are printing the party information on your computer or have a talent for writing, use a suitably spooky font for your invitations.
4. Envelopes. If you've created your own invitations, you'll need to make envelopes in which to mail them, also. An easy way to do this is to put your invitation in the center of an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Fold the bottom corner to the center, then fold in each side. The side corners should overlap the bottom, but just touch each other. Then, fold the top corner down over all three. Use a Halloween sticker or a bit of glue or tape to seal it. If your invitation is too large to fold a letter-size piece of paper around, you may need to use 12 x 12 sheets, which can commonly be found in scrapbook stores. However, these may be considered oversize, and will be more expensive to mail, so you may just want to create a smaller invitation. When you address the envelopes, be certain to list the people that are invited to the party, such as the name of your invitee, plus "and guest" if spouses or significant others are invited or "and family" if you'd like to include children, also.
Once the invitations have been sent, keep track of who will be coming and send out more invitations to round out the guest list, if necessary. After that, prepare for your party and get ready for a night of fun!