How to Design a Sweet 16 Birthday Invitation With a Template

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Designing invitations from a template for a Sweet 16 birthday event can be a creative and bonding experience between parent and young lady. Let your daughter help you design her invitations. She will contribute interesting and creative ideas. Using a template gives a solid beginning on which you can add personalizing elements. Make your Sweet 16 sizzle from invitation to party night.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Invitation paper or card stock
  • Printer
  • Colored ink
  • Email account
  • Customize your Microsoft Publisher template. Save the blank template so you can play with customizing options without having to start all over. When you land on a change, save again. Save using the "Save As" option on the file menu. If you send invitations by email, some invitees may not have your version of Publisher. If you need an office supply store to print your invitations, you should use a version from which anyone can print.

  • Use Publisher's Format Publication options to create the right card for your party. Begin by customizing graphics with Page Options. Add photographs and/or images from private files. Save images you want to try from the Internet. To insert an image, click on "Insert" and "Picture." Choose the picture(s) you want to insert from the saved location. Manipulate the image size and/or drag it into place. Save your work.

  • Select color schemes and font types and colors to make your sweet 16 party invitations pop. Use color schemes that complement images you insert. Publisher offers full schemes. Try several until you find the one that suits you. Choose a font by scrolling through the available fonts. Fonts appear on the list as they will appear on your invitations.

  • Add a verse that resonates with the festive rite of passage. If your daughter's event has a royal theme, word her invitations accordingly. For example, you might write, "King Arthur had his Guinevere and we have our (you daughter's name). Join us for a magical night of food, music and the once-in-a-lifetime rite of passage of our daughter." Include day, date, time and location. Request RSVP by a given date.

  • Send your invitations by regular mail or email. Email saves money and time. Snail mail adds a personal touch and gives keepsakes for friends and family members.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you choose to use an online template, you will download it to your computer and design from Microsoft Word---in most cases. Always run a virus scan before you open a downloaded file.
  • Photo Credit numéro "16" image by Bruno Bernier from Fotolia.com Royal Crown image by Vojsek from Fotolia.com united states postage George Washington. Timbre postal. image by Blue Moon from Fotolia.com
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