The biggest game of the year for the California Golden Bears is against their lifelong rival Stanford. Since I was a cheerleader for Cal, I plan on giving my all for "The Big Game." This year the game is at Stanford — aka The Farm — which means it's time for my biennial tailgate! I go all out with lots of blue and gold, and tons of food and drinks. The game is not until Saturday, December 1, but I want to get the invites out now. This way people have time to make travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, and purchase tickets. To see how I made this postcard invite, one that you can adapt to suit your team's colors and mascots, read more

To make an invitation similar to the one seen here you will need the following supplies:

  • white cardstock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • mascot image
  • computer & printer

To assemble the invite:

  1. Create a new Word document. Drag the mascot image into the document. Decorate accordingly with any phrases or cheers from your home team. Cal's mascot is the bear so I used an image of a ferocious and powerful bear. Since UC Berkeley was the first college in California, it has adopted the name California or Cal for short. I put a big California in blue and gold underneath the bear, but get creative! Print out a test copy and once satisfied, print out on the white cardstock.

  2. Open another blank Word document. Write out the details of the gameday. Make sure the font is not centered, but to the left because you want the invite to be a functional postcard. I changed the font to dark blue and wrote, in Stone Sans ITC TT-Bold font,
    It’s that time of year again...
    Big Game time!
    Come cheer on the Cal Golden Bears!

    Saturday, December 1, 2007
    Tailgate Starts @ Noon
    Game Starts @ 4 pm

    Tailgate field next to the Stadium
    (Exact location details TBA)
    Stanford, Palo Alto, CA

    Blue, gold, and white attire required.
    No RED allowed.

    Print out a test copy and check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Once satisfied, print out on the white cardstock.

  3. Cut the front of the postcard invite with the mascot image down to size.

  4. Turn over and glue the text to the back. Cut this down to the same size as the front.

  5. I added an axe to separate the text from the address on the back of the postcard. According to Big Game legend, the winner of the game takes home the axe. Cal won last year so we continue to be in possession of the axe! If your team has a tradition along these lines incorporate it into the invite!

  6. With a sparkly pen and your best handwriting, write out the address of your guests. Stamp and send!