26 October 2011

Print birthday party details onto mailing labels to avoid "invitation hand cramp"

Amazon: Avery Shipping Labels for Ink Jet Printers with TrueBlock Technology, 3.33 x 4 Inches, White, Pack of 150Jenn's smart tip for streamlining the writing-out of birthday party invitations:

My son is having his birthday party at the movies this year, which requires an explanation to invited guests that although we know an approximate window for the movie start time, we won't be able to communicate the exact time until the theatre provides it the week before the party.

Rather than trying to cram all of this info onto the single line provided in most standard invitations, (and getting hand cramps from writing it 12 times), I got Avery shipping labels (#5164 which is 3.3" x 4").  I typed the details once, printed 2 sheets of the labels. Peel, stick, and done!

Even if you've got just the basics to provide, this would save a lot of repetitive writing.

Along these lines, I've used mailing labels to create recipe directions for food gifts (specifically, the homemade chai concentrate we gave my kids' teachers last year -- just stuck a label onto each bottle).

But back to the birthday party invitations: another, possibly cheaper option would be to make your own simple invitation using a word processing program and a few bits of clip art. Print as many copies as you need (or print and photocopy onto colored paper), fold, staple, and mail.

Do you mail birthday party invitations? Or do you use a Web-based invitation service such as Evite? Are there Evite alternatives you prefer?

RelatedWrite driving directions on the back of the party invitation

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I am lazy, so I go the simplest route. I go to Hallmark.com, pick the invitation I want, customize it, and then check off the people in my address book that I want it mailed to. Then they stamp it and mail it for me. I never even touch the physical invitations.

I do the same thing with Christmas cards.

I find it pretty much costs the same as any other photo card that you'd order online.

Lazy, I know.

We go old school mail and make our own postcard invites (saves on postage & printing/stuffing separate envelopes.).

We use a favorite image from the prior year. Our son's 5th birthday invite is shown here:
http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2010/09/level-up-and-get-down-rangers-mario.html

We generally design/print our own invites at home.

For thank you's I sometimes print out 4x6 photos from the party and use a shipping label on the back to give me a place to write a personal thank you note.

when i go web based i like pingg (pingg.com) better than evite. the designs are more modern, i like the details (pie charts of the rsvps!) and the interface too.

I'd love to use Evite most of the time, but I find that often I don't know the email addresses of all the parents of the kids we want to invite. (For some reason, we have a class list with physical addresses but the teacher chose not to include email addresses, and this was the case last year at our preschool too.) So we have gone with designing and printing our own in the past, although the label idea is pretty smart - the labels themselves aren't that cheap, but it would be nice to print in black & white rather than color, and just slap a label onto the invitations provided by the place where we're having the party, for example. Thanks for the good suggestion!

I used to make all my kids' party invitations, then our color printer broke. Now I just design a 4x6 photo print and upload it to whomever has the best photo deal at the moment. Print off however many I need (along with any other photos I need printed) and hand them out. I've been known to forget my contact info for the RSVP so I just print black and white labels with those for the back.

Since I started doing this, most of my kids' friends have started doing the same. They are even following it up with printing a "thank you" photo with the birthday child and my child from the party together and a little hand written card on the back.

I find this quite a handy tip as well. Still, I would encourage being concise in writing birthday party invitations. Avoiding redundancy will help maximize the space provided.

This is a repost by Willie Jackson. It's not specifically about the music business, but this is a common mistake that I see a lot of musicians make and, even if you're not making it yourself, you've likely experienced it.

The Stamps.com QuickBooks App allows QuickBooks users to use the functions of Stamps.com within the QuickBooks interface. Print postage and addresses for your invoices, sales orders, or any other transactions from QuickBooks directly on envelopes or labels. Simply open the invoice (or other transaction) in QuickBooks and click on “Print Envelopes” or “Print Packages

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