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Come Party With Me: Tailgate — Invite

Although I'm not the most interested follower of football season, I love to tailgate. For my first tailgate of the season, I've decided to do something a little different. Instead of serving a classic menu, I'm going to do a dip-themed party. Before I can look for recipes, I have to make and send the invitations. To learn how I made the easy, emailable invites shown here,


To make a similar invite you will need the following supplies:

  • image of your team in action
  • computer
  • Photoshop

To assemble the invite:

  1. Start by dragging the image into Photoshop.
  2. Create a new blank file.
  3. Copy and paste the image into the file. Shrink to fit so the image is inside a border.
  4. With the eye-dropper tool select a color from the image. Since Cal's colors are blue and gold I chose the gold. Fill in the border with the paint bucket tool, so the outside is all one color.
  5. Insert a text box and write out the details of the party. For my invite I wrote the following message in size 6, Handwriting Dakota font:
    Are you ready for some football?
    Please help me cheer on the California Golden Bears!

    Saturday October 4, 2008
    Tailgate: 12 noon Gametime: 3 pm

    Berkeley, CA
    call for exact location: 415.555.5555

  6. Check the text for spelling and grammar mistakes. Save as a jpeg.
  7. Attach as an email and send to all of your friends. Or upload to an evite web page and invite friends that way. Alternately, print out on thick white cardstock and send in an addressed envelope.


Join The Conversation
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Go Stanford!! hehehehe...sorry I couldn't help myself... :)
winniebaby winniebaby 8 years
OMG! I just saw the Cal Bears on the page and jumped!!! The hubby and I are both season ticket holders, and we always go early to get a hot dog from Top Dog! No tailgating for us... sigh. GO BEARS!!!
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I used to live right across the street from the stadium. Partysugar, you made my day when I opened up my browser and saw a picture of the Cal team. GO BEARS!!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
You need to know someone with a house nearby who will let you park in their driveway. Or you know someone with a parking permit. Or pay the $25 to park in some small lot and let everyone else know where you are at. Go early. The band warms up before the game at Sproul plazza (@2 hours before) and then performs their halftime show in front of Sproul Hall.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Slightly off topic, but where is there an area to tailgate at Cal's stadium? I hate going to games there because there's no proper area to lay out your spread! And I LOVE a good tailgate...give me the Rose Bowl anyday :)
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
But when will I have time to get my "Top Dog"?
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