When you're launching a new business, you might want to make a splash with a grand opening party. Unique invitations help to make prospective customers or clients aware of your presence, as well as send a message that your goods and services are a cut above the competition. You will want to make every aspect of your party professional and perfect, and that starts with the invitation.
Match your invitation to the theme of your business. If you are opening a medical office, have your invitation replicate a prescription. For a law office, print your invitation on paper the color and shape of a judge's gavel. To christen your new art gallery, create your invitation to look like a painter's palette and put the party details in the color spots. Once a difficult task, today's desktop publishing tools have made it easy for professional printers and even skilled amateurs to make theme invitations. If you choose to do this yourself, office-supply stores have a variety of fine papers and envelopes to choose from.
The ribbon cutting is a symbolic ceremony to launch a new business. Re-create this ceremony in your invitations. Wrap your invitation with a red ribbon. The recipients of your invitation will have to break the ribbon to open your invitation, thereby "cutting the ribbon" for your new business. Word the invitation to reflect that the recipient attend your party to help you cut the ribbon and open your doors.
Treat your grand opening like the special event that it is by printing invitations on tickets, or on a VIP guest badge with the recipient’s name on it. On the ticket or badge, make it clear the invitation must be presented at the event for admittance -- just like a real ticket. Attach the badge to a lanyard as is done for VIP passes to major events.
Chinese Takeout Box
Chinese takeout boxes, available at many novelty stores, have become symbolic of our on-the-go lifestyle. They represent a great way of showing that you intend your business to be a busy one. Fill your box with fortune cookies that have details of your opening printed on the "fortune." Have the box hand-delivered as if it were actual takeout.
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