The term “holiday party” covers a number of soiree types—Christmas parties, Hanukkah gatherings, New Year’s Eve celebrations, hideous sweater-themed shindigs, and baked good exchanges, to name a few. There are so many, in fact, that we almost ran out of synonyms for the word “party.”
But every holiday hootenanny (we said almost ran out of synonyms) has the same essential ingredient—people! And people can’t come to your party if they don’t know about it. Get the word out by whipping up a batch of custom holiday party invitations. It’s easier than you think with these three simple steps, and easierer when you customize one of our designer-made holiday invitation templates.
Step 1: Pick a vibe for your holiday party invites
Your guests are going to want to know whether this is a leave-the-kids-at-home-and-sip-champagne kind of affair, or more of a gingerbread cookie decorating/holiday punch party. The vibe of your party determines everything from food and beverage choices to decorations to music, and it should be reflected in your holiday party invitation wording and design, so that your guests don’t show up to your holiday cookout in cocktail attire.
Once you’ve decided whether you’re going for a BYOB afternoon potluck, an elegant dinner party, or something entirely different, you’ll have an easier time designing and wording your party invites.
Step 2: Determine important info and holiday party invitation wording
Now that you know what kind of shindig you’re hosting, convey that info to your guests-to-be. Think about what you need to say, so you don’t have to field a million email/text/phone call questions later.
Need-to-know info may include:
- Location info: Time, place, date.
- Whether or not an RSVP is required/how to RSVP.
- If it’s a kid-friendly affair or a pet party.
- Whether plus-ones are permitted/if they need to be included in the RSVP.
- Theme info.
- What to bring: food, libations, gift for an exchange, etc.
All right, great, you know what you need to say. But how do you wanna say it? Holiday party invitation wording also reflects the vibe of your party. For example: “Please join us for a holiday dinner party at 7 o’clock in the evening” has a totally different feel than “Grub and good times start at 7!”
Your holiday party invites can say whatever you want—after all, it’s your party and you’ll write what you want to! Straightforward phrases like “Please join us” and “You’re invited” always do the trick, or you can channel your inner poet and put together invitation wording with a rhyme scheme—there aren’t any rules in holiday party invitation land.
Feeling uninspired? Here are a few phrases to get your word-generating wheels a-turning:
- Come toast the holidays with good friends and good cheer
- Please join us for a night of fun at a festive holiday soiree
- Kick the season off right with an evening full of laughter and light
You can also find more wording inspo on the interwebs and by perusing our collection of holiday invitation templates, which run the gamut from punny to more buttoned-up.
Step 3: Pick a holiday invitation template and customize away!
If you like the wording and look of a PicMonkey template, add your own info, call it done, and move to the next item on your holiday party to-do list. And if you wanna change it up, no prob! All of our templates are more malleable than brand-new Play-Doh. So you can take a phrase from one, use it on another, put that phrase in a different font or two, change the entire color scheme, add your own graphics—you get the idea.
Take a look through our plethora of holiday invitation templates until you find the perfect Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s Eve/winter brunch design. It’ll open in the Editor, and you can use the Layers palette to customize it as much or as little as you like, super fast. (For a step-by-step walkthrough of how to use Templates, check out our short intro video).
Whether or not you decide to start with a template, there are two things that can make the difference between an invite so amazerating you just might use it again next year, and an invite that becomes such a source of frustration you decide to scrap the whole idea and stay home alone. Keep these things in mind when designing your holiday party invitations:
1. Color scheme: In design world, two-to-three colors is usually the sweet spot, depending on your project. Think about the mood you want your invite to evoke, or the holiday you’re celebrating. For example, metallics and black/white combos are great for sophisticated New Year’s invites, Christmasy reds always say “ho ho holiday,” and black/red/green schemes pack a lot of meaning when it comes to Kwanzaa.
2. Fonts: Fonts have feelings, too! Or, rather, they evoke different feelings. Make your invite feel whimsical with a display font like Budmo Jiggler, or dress it up fancy with a calligraphy-inspired font like Great Vibes. Remember to keep your words readable, and don’t bring in too many fonts or your design may not look as polished.
Learn more about fonts and color schemes, and get even more professional-approved tips in our “Essential Graphic Design Tips for Non-Designers” article.
Once your invite is ready to rock, email or snail mail it to the people you want to celebrate the holidays with (or at least tolerate for a few hours). You can also save your masterpiece to Hub, in case you get the design itch again later.
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