Office parties; it all starts with an invitation…

November 20, 2015 · Print This Article

An invitation to a year-end office party could be met with big whoops and cheesy smiles, or panic and dread. Everyone has had or knows someone who has had an office party “experience,” something they could be proud of, but are most often not. Each year, magazines and social networks publish articles on appropriate behaviour at office parties, including the list of what NOT to do, such as:

  • Confessing your crush…to your crush.
  • Challenging your boss to an arm wrestle.
  • Doing shots with the interns.
  • Revealing more than you should in the photo booth.
  • Being caught in the cloakroom with a colleague.
  • Dancing, when you know you can’t dance.
  • Loudly telling your colleagues how you hate your job.
  • Posing for questionable photos that will appear on Facebook.
  • Photocopying your body parts on the office machine (and leaving them there).

You can’t really control what happens at the end of year party, especially if there’s an open bar, but your invitation can set the tone. Spending a bit of time and effort on the design and printing of an event invitation can be the key in keeping the party under control.

Looking online can reap many creative year-end invitation ideas, but you may not have the design experience or staff to transform your idea into something printable. Don’t think using the services of a graphic designer will blow your budget, many printers employ these kinds of resources so they can offer you just this kind of service. You can often get an online estimate before you commit, so you know exactly where you stand within your budget.

Invitations can be cute (this works well with female-dominated offices), casual (putting people at ease that it’s not going to be a stuffy event), sophisticated (indicating a certain expectation of formality, class and good behaviour), personalised (a nice human touch that goes a long way) or marketing focused (using your logo and corporate colours, so the invitation extends your brand).

The content is important too. The details of the event need to be obvious (date, time, venue, RSVP) so there’s no room for misunderstanding. If partners are not invited, this needs to be stated, to avoid embarrassing situations of seat or food shortages. If the party is themed and costumes are expected, it needs to be clear on the invitation, or the response will be half-hearted.

Minuteman Press in Pietermaritzburg create memorable invitations

Getting the invitation right is the first step in creating a memorable year-end party – hopefully good memories and not embarrassing ones. The team at Minuteman Press in Pietermaritzburg would love to assist you in the design and printing of your year-end invitation. They have designers and experts at printing waiting to advise you on the look and feel of your creation, one that can ‘set the tone’. Contact them today to find out about their extensive range of logo design and graphic design services.

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