It’s time to get down to some serious Halloween party preparation. Halloween is approaching fast and you need to get your guest list sorted and those party invitations completed otherwise you will end up alone. So how do you make the best impression with your friends and family in-order to convince them that YOURS is the only party they should be attending this year?
In our associated articles on pirate and princess party invitations we have tried to convey that the party starts when you receive the invitation itself. It should convey excitement and really have your guest clamoring for their nearest pen with which to respond. Poorly thought out invitations imply that the rest of your party skills will follow the same pattern. And great invitations do not have to be expensive in anything other than imagination.Let’s look at some basic principles for Halloween invitations. Most importantly is an understanding of the overall theme. If you have selected Classic Hammer Film Horror as your theme your invitations would be better themed to this than say, witches on broomsticks.
Staying with this theme, already you may have thought along the lines of either an invitation in the style of an old cinema (Movie Theater) ticket, or more colorfully, along the lines of the old bill board posters. If you are good on a computer have a go yourself using either royalty free or purchased artwork. If you are unsure, take your ideas along to your local printer and they will be able to translate them into the finished invitation or flat print (for you to complete).
Another basic is to write out what you want the invitation to state, this should include as a minimum; name of guest, name of party giver, date, time and location and can should also include dress code and importantly the theme of any dress code, if you want everyone to dress up. You can include some costume suggestions although you may want to do this on a separate piece of paper. And why not discuss your theme with your fancy dress supplier first so that they can offer a list of suggested costumes or help with your theme selection. They may also help by keeping a list of ‘who’s ordered which costume’ for you in-order that you don’t get 30 people all dressed the same.
Back to the invitations, having established the theme and developed your list of key information, you need the basic invitation. If you have a steady hand you could trace specific shapes onto art-paper (construction paper) and then cut these out, decorate or leave as simple silhouette, and use these. If you trace your design onto folded paper – keeping the fold (traditionally) to the left, when you cut the design out it will open out into the invitation. If it doesn’t you cut the fold line too! Good shapes for this are pumpkin, ghost, witch all of which can be decorated in a highly stylized manner.
For something more stylish, why not use old brown coloured paper with crumpled and torn appearance, charred edges (responsible adults only) and made to look really aged. An alternative is to use white paper and give it the appearance of aging by staining it in a weak solution of tea and then leaving a few (not too many) coffee granules to add darker spots – these will spread with the dampness in the paper. Whilst it is still wet, use your thumb to gently distress the edges by pulling the fibres apart – you may need to try this a few times to get the process right. When dry crumble and tear as required.
To make them really stand out, once you have completed your invitation, why not stretch a little cobweb material and attach this. Do not be tempted to use too much, this is a case of less is more, you really just want a hint. Taking this further, you could drop a small spider (in keeping with the cobweb) into the envelope.
And what will you use to write your invitation? Pen? As its’ Halloween, why not go for the ultimate horror by using fake blood. Don’t make it too neat and don’t forget to leave a few splatters of this around the invitation to make it look really authentic. One of the thicker blood gels may be better suited to this task.
If you have to post your Halloween invitations, then you will need to fold them and put them in an envelope, but if you can avoid this, there are much more elaborate ways of presenting your Halloween invitation. For a little money you could buy plastic skeleton hands, either roll your invite up and fix it in the hand so that it ‘grips’ it or seal it between thumb and finger so that it appears that the hand is holding it.
If you have chosen something like a grand vampire’s ball as a theme, you could roll your invitations using red ribbon and seal them with sealing wax using a seal made from a small coin (unusual foreign coin works best) or better still or own unique Vampire Clan marking.
Handing these stylish invitations should get your party off to a bewitching start and will be devilishly difficult to beat as others won’t stand a ghost of a chance. Have a great time.