How to Design a 70's Style Birthday Invitation

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When planning a birthday party, every detail is important. Invitations may seem like a minor element, but they can make your guests excited about the party before they even arrive. For a '70s-style birthday invitation, let the wild colors and graphics of the era set the tone for your party. With the right details, you can design a birthday invitation that will long preserve the memories of the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Word processing software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Pen
  • Choose an invitation template. Some word processing software, such as Apple Pages, offers more than one. Choose the template that comes closest to your desired finished product, but don't worry if nothing looks just right. You can change or edit anything that's already there.

  • Plan a psychedelic color scheme. Think reds, yellows or greens for a bright and eye-catching color palette. If all those colors start giving you a headache, add some brown earth tones. Keep your color scheme in mind as you work on the rest of your invitation.

  • Pick a groovy font. If nothing appeals to you from the options already on your computer, consider the free fonts available on the Internet. A '70s font should be large, bubbly and curvy. Some good choices are Frigate, Tabun, Spacearella or Action Is: The Sequel.

  • Spice up the details with some '70s lingo. Use popular phrases such as: "the skinny," "the crib," "far out," "feel the funk," or "can you dig it?" But don't let the slang confuse your guests about any important information. Clearly state the birthday child's name, when and where the party will be held, and how to RSVP. If the location is tricky to find, include directions.

  • Fill in empty spaces on the invitation with '70s-themed graphics. Go for flowers, guitars, roller skates, or even Star Wars pictures. Base your choices on your child's tastes.

  • Hit "Print." Cut the invitations out, put them in envelopes, and write each guest's name on the front. Let your child enjoy passing them out at school the next day.

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