Free Printable Tea Party Invitations
I'm a big lover of tea parties. And I have the tea pots to prove it -- about 30 of them. That's why I created these tea party invitations. I want to support people who join me in keeping the nearly lost art of the tea party alive.
Since even the smallest tea party is a classy event, I thought vintage art would be a good choice for the invitation motifs. That's why some of these designs contain a beautiful antique teapot image, along with luscious looking vintage fruit. If you'd like to use the vintage designs and want to create matching table place cards or other printables, check out the Vintagerio link below for a massive selection of affordable vintage art.
May 2010 update: I just added two more tea party invitation designs: a ribbon hear with pink roses and a blue floral wreath. Thanks to Far Far Hill for the graphics that made those designs possible.
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1. Download the artwork
When you choose a thumbnail version of one of the invitations and click on it, the image will appear in larger form. Once you see it larger, double-click it to make an optimum version appear. If you have a PC, right-click your mouse to save the artwork to your computer. If you have a Mac, control-click the image until a pop-up menu appears with the option to save it.
2. Paste the artwork into MS Word or another word processing document
These tea party invitations are square and can be made to fit 5" x 5", 6" x 6", 6 1/2" x 6 1/2", 7" x 7" envelopes or even larger -- you can decide which envelope to use. For your convenience, there are links in the right column to buy four different sizes of square envelopes. If you'll be giving the invitations in person and won't be using envelopes, you can obviously make the artwork any size you choose.
To begin, you need to paste the art into a program that will allow you to print it. There are several ways to do that. If you're going to use just one or two invitations per page because you want the invitations to be fairly large, paste the art into the document or use the word processing program's clip art insertion feature to put it into the document.
If you'd like, before you do that you can create a table that has cells that equal the number of invitations you want to put on the page. Just insert the artwork into one of the cells, size it, and then copy it and paste it into the remaining cells. You can also paste an image into a text box, size it, and copy it and paste the text box into the document multiple times. That will allow you to move the invitations around on the page as much as you want. To make things easier when it comes time to cut them, place the artwork so the pieces butt up each one another on one of the sides, or on the bottom or the top, so there's no white area between the two images. If you do this you'll be able to make one cut for two invitations, which will save you time.
If you want to insert more than one invitation per page, be sure to size the first one exactly as big as you want it before copying it and pasting more on the page. That will prevent your having to try to re-size multiple images and get them to match. An easy method for ensuring that you have the correct size before you paste is to size one and then print it. That will tell you if you need to do any resizing.
I recommend that you use the heaviest cardstock your printer will take. If you don't know what weight paper that should be, look it up in your printer manual or on the printer manufacturer's website. Keep in mind that card stock that's too heavy can jam your printer or might not print at all. If it's too light, though, the final product may be too flimsy.
A paper cutter is probably the most effective method for cutting the invitations. You can do this yourself if you have a paper cutter, or you can take them to a office supply store, copy center or print shop to have them cut professionally. A craft knife and a ruler will also work, as long as you have a cutting surface underneath to protect your furniture. Scissors can be used, too, although the edges probably won't be as straight as you'd like. If scissors are your only option, try some with decorator-edges that create patterns, such as waves. These would hide at least some of any unevenness of the cuts.
You are free to use these templates all you want for your personal use. But you may not sell them, give them away as a collection or incorporate them into products without my permission. Please don't post these images to your blog or Web site. If you'd like your visitors to see them, please link to this page using the linking information below.
If you have a special request or questions, please contact Carla at info [@] vintageholidaycrafts [.com].
If you have a blog or Web site and you use these invitations, I would appreciate a link back to this page.
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