My former boss Deborah recently asked me for tips on planning her son Kenny's birthday party. Kenny is turning 10. For this age group, an activity — a soccer tournament, a day at the ball park, a trip to an interesting place — is essential to a successful birthday party. After chatting with Kenny, we've decided to spend a couple of hours on Alcatraz! He and his buddies, along with parent chaperons, will take the ferry to the infamous ex-jail. They'll go on a walking tour, play games, and have a picnic with birthday cake. Before the party can begin we have to send the invitations. To see how I made these jail-inspired invites,
To make a similar invite you will need the following supplies:
- transparent paper
- black cardstock
- image of Alcatraz
- computer and printer
To assemble the invite:
- Start by creating a new document in Microsoft Word. Insert a large textbox. Change the format of the textbox line to resemble jail stripes.
- Drag the Alcatraz image into the textbox. Center and situate the textbox evenly around the image.
- Write the details of the party. Keep things informal and uncomplicated with a message in Times New Roman, size 12:
Kenny is turning 10!
To celebrate we would like to take you
on an exciting adventure to Alcatraz.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
11:00 am meet at Kenny’s House
12:15 pm ferry departs for Alcatraz
4:30 pm catch return ferry home
Please RSVP to Deborah (Kenny’s mom):
Print out on plain white paper and check for grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Once satisfied with the look and feel, print out on the transparent paper.
- Cut down to size and mount on the black cardtsock, being careful to only glue the outer edges.
- Cut the black cardstock down to size, slide into an envelope, and send.