How to Write Formal Dinner Invitations

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Formal dinner invitations are part of any major dinner party, and should be fancy in design. Create fancy invitations for a fancy party with help from an accomplished visual artist in this free video.

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Hello, I'm Jeanette Conner. I've been a Visual Artist for eight plus years, and today I'm going to show you how to write formal dinner invitations. For this project, you're going to need nice paper. I've chosen this velum paper; line paper or quadrant paper will work, acid free tape, also called artist tape and a writing implement. You can use a glitter filled pen, a Sharpie; I'm going to use this really nice pigment marker with the fine tip edge. So to start, you want to take down your line paper or your quadrant paper and find the middle line and pencil that in and then, find your margin lines and then pencil those in so that you know the area you're writing in. And then, take down your specialty paper over it. I like to do it this way so I can tell where my lines are but not having to mark up my actual paper. Writing formal invitations is all about your wording. Things like cordial, formal, hosted by and RSVP are great to include. So we're going to start with writing, "You're cordially invited to a formal dinner party". It's also important to use handwriting that you're comfortable with. Your neatest handwriting is going to look best than trying to copy a finer penmanship unless you have really elegant impressive. I'm going to use my regular print handwriting because that's my best. Try not to write past your margin lines. Make sure that you're centering the text. And also, if you're worried about your penmanship, you can also pencil in what you're going to write on the line paper before you put your velum down so that you can just copy over that. You also want to make sure that you include all the information in full details; so the date, the day of the week, the time, where and who to RSVP with. For the information, I'm going to put off center so I can have a little bit of a design at the bottom. Once you've wrote your dinner invitation, then you can mount it against your nice paper. I would suggest a pattern or a textured paper for an extra design flare. And you can always punch holes and use ribbon up at the top. And that's how you write a formal dinner party invitation. This is Jeanette Conner, and today we learned how to write formal dinner invitations.

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