Come Party With Me: Going Away Party — Invite
Come Party With Me: Going Away Party — Invite

For many the end of Summer is a crossroads. Vacations terminate, goodbyes are said, and new beginnings — jobs, school, etc. — start. Next week my friend Kara leaves for Boston to enter grad school. To properly send her off, I'm helping plan a "Thank God Kara Is Leaving 08" barbecue. Kara's known for being incredibly sarcastic, so the theme fits her perfectly. However, if your honoree is more sensitive, host a "We'll Miss You" or "Good Luck" themed going-away party. Before recipes can be selected for the menu, invitations have to be made and sent. To see how I made the ones shown here,


The following supplies are needed to make a similar invite:

  • a map of Massachusetts (or the new home of your honoree)
  • two different colors of cardstock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • computer and printer

To assemble the invite:

  1. Cut out the map. Set aside.
  2. Start by creating a new document in Microsoft Word. Write out the details of the barbecue. I used the font Bookman Old Style in size 10 to write this message:
    Please join me in wishing Kara a safe and happy trip because
    She’s off to make a new life in Boston!

    Saturday, August 23, 2008
    3:00 pm in the afternoon

    Gabe’s Backyard Petaluma, CA
    RSVP to PartySugar at 415.555.5555

    Be prepared to share your favorite memories of Kara with the crowd!

    Print out on plain white paper. Make sure that the text can fit inside the shape of your state/country. Check for grammar or spelling mistakes. Once satisfied with the text, print out on the colored cardstock. Set aside.

  3. Open another Word document and type the message that will be the front of the folded invitation. I wrote: "Thank God Kara Is Leaving 08", but "Bon Voyage" or "We will miss you!" are nice alternatives. Center to the left on the bottom of the page. Print out on plain white paper. Fold the top over and make sure there is enough room for the map/state/country to fit inside the invite.
  4. Print out on the colored cardstock, fold over, and cut off excess text.
  5. Trace the outline of the map onto the text sheet.
  6. Cut down to size.
  7. Glue the map/text into the inside of the invite.
  8. Cut the invite down to size more, if necessary.
  9. Slide into an envelope and send.