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Metro-Events Offers More Printed options on Zazzle

Metro-Events Zazzle store has grown nearly 10x what it was 2 months ago! Check out our new products: MetroEvents

Find tons of party supplies: Paper cups, Paper plates, Postage, Envelopes, Invitations, Party favors, Posters banners and more!

There are also new party designs: Pin-up girl, Bridal showers, Arabian nights and many others.

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New Website! Metro-Event.com

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Metro-Designs, Event & Party Services! Creative & customized party/event supplies at reasonable prices. Invitations, Party Banners, Party Signs, Party Supplies, Party Decorations and more!

Metro-Designs, Event & Party Services! Creative & customized party/event supplies at reasonable prices. Invitations, Party Banners, Party Signs, Party Supplies, Party Decorations and more! Please feel free to contact Metro-Event.com for any special requests.


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1 email that contains your free printable & coupon
1 party tip each month or sale items, so that is only 2 emails!
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Metro-Events Party Supplies
Metro-Events at Metro-Event.com.
Custom party designs, Birthday Invitations, Party Invitations, Theme Party Invitations, Baby Shower Invitations, Bridal Shower Invitations, Party Decorations, Party Banners, Birthday Banners, Birthday Bunting, Party Signs, Favor tags, Party Supplies, Thank You Cards, Favor Boxes, Party Stickers, Water Bottle Labels, Party Labels.

Metro-Events is growing… it’s a slow climb but they say a steady pace  wins the race!
Shop at Metro-Event.com online, prices on our website are lower then the prices on Etsy yet the same value, party items & design quality is the same. Why does it cost less then Etsy? Simple, it doesn’t cost as much for us to post our products on our site. If you want to save money on your Invitations, Party Banners, Party Signs, Party Supplies, Party Decorations and more shop on our website and save! Metro-Event.com.

Metro-Events Party Supplies
Metro-Events at Metro-Event.com.
Custom party designs, Birthday Invitations, Party Invitations, Theme Party Invitations, Baby Shower Invitations, Bridal Shower Invitations, Party Decorations, Party Banners, Birthday Banners, Birthday Bunting, Party Signs, Favor tags, Party Supplies, Thank You Cards, Favor Boxes, Party Stickers, Water Bottle Labels, Party Labels.

Floral Bridal Shower Invitation by Metro-Events

New Product from Metro-Events!
Metro-Events is known for all of the awesome invitations for kids birthdays. We are now working on other party designs, current focus bridal shower invitations.
Check out this new bridal shower invitation design. Available on Metro-Events zazzle shop if you want to add your own information or on Metro-Event.com if you would like Metro-Events to customize it for you!
Coral and Teal Bridal Shower Invitations
ON METRO-EVENT.COM
Floral Bridal Shower Invitation by Metro-Events

ON ZAZZLE:
Source: http://www.zazzle.com/coral_floral_bridal_shower_invitations-256849681870458823?

If you like this design check out the full collection of party decorations to match our floral bridal shower invitation:
BRIDAL SHOWER PARTY DECORATIONS ON ZAZZLE:

Printable Party Files, Instructions and Hints Entry Number TWO: Printing Information & Paper Recommendations

Questions about printing and paper is very common, this post will cover different resources and types of paper to use for your printable party decorations.

Metro-Events currently offers printing for thank you cards, invitations vinyl banners and posters. Metro-Events uses professional printing resources for printing these items, the printers set the quantities and metro-events does not have the option to change the print quantities that are available. For the invitations and thank you cards, they are sold to me in increments of 25. For the banners & posters these can be sold in single prints. Metro-Events only charge for the design services the print costs are that of the printers.
● Printed thank you cards are printed on 14pt premium card stock, the front of the card is matte so you can write a special note if needed. The back of the card has a UV gloss coating so you will not be able to write on it.
● Printed invitations 14pt premium card stock with full UV protective gloss coating.

ENVELOPES
The invitations and thank you cards do not come with envelopes, this is the printers policies. Metro-Events recommends purchasing envelopes at envelopemall.com.
● 5″x7″ size invitations the size envelopes you will need is an A7.
● 4″x6″ size invitations the size envelopes you will need is an A6.

HOME PRINTING
Metro-Events offers a number of different printable items. After using and testing several types of papers for different things these are the recommendations for the paper to be used for the items:

You may substitute any of the recommended paper items with a label if you would like a sticker I get my label paper at online labels here is the link:
http://www.onlinelabels.com/OL175.htm
PLEASE NOTE: Metro-Events does NOT customize labels for different types of template labels. The reason for this is because of all the variables available with different templates labels. It is recommended that you purchase single full sheet labels then cut them to size.

● Printable party items that should be printed on heavy weight paper:
Banner, Invite, Cupcake toppers, Favor tags, thank you cards, food labels, party sign, party hat, favor box, 4.5” round label, snack boxes, 3″ cup labels, hanging decorative circles, tic tac toe game, treat bag tags

● Printable party items that should be printed on Light/Med weight paper:
Beverage wrappers, napkin wrappers, snack cones, cupcake wraps, straw flags, juice box wraps, patterned paper, mini chocolate wrappers, large chocolate wrappers, paper fortune teller

Inkjet Printers Paper Recommendations:
Mid/light paper:
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/244927/Office-Depot-Brand-Double-Sided-Presentation/

Heavy weight paper:
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/244252/Office-Depot-Brand-Professional-Photo-Paper/

Laser Printers Paper Recommendations:
Mid/light paper:
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/271501/HP-Premium-Choice-Laser-Paper-Smooth/

Heavy weight paper:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Georgia-Pacific-Cardstock-8.5-x-11-110-lb.-150-Sheets/15904276

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on paper to get good quality. After testing out different papers throughout the years I have actually found that some of the more expensive papers do not produce as good of quality prints. My personal Favorite papers are listing.

For double-sided printing of the invitations make sure you get double-sided paper. The heavy weight paper that I have recommended is double-sided so you can use that. Double-sided printing can be tricky, every time I print double-sided I forget which way I am suppose to load the paper and I have been doing this for years! So what I do to save ink & paper is a test print with a basic word file.
●  Step one print a word file on cheap paper, make sure that word file has one word on it so you can see the direction when you print the second side.
●  Step two put the paper back into the printer and print that word again, if it’s on the opposite side of the paper and facing the right direction then you know how to load the paper… you just have to pay attention to how you did it!
If it is upside down and on the same side as the first print you know that you have to change the direction of the paper so just try again.
● The key is to pay attention to the direction you are loading the paper, as long as you note what you are doing then you will eventually get it right. Once you know then you can print your actual file and not waste ink or paper!

I will continue this series of hints to help out so please check back on Metro-Designs & Event Services blog for more later! Please comment for questions or feel free to email!

Printable Party Files: Instructions and Hints Entry Number One!

Some may be reluctant to get printable party files for a birthday or baby shower because they don’t know what to do to put this stuff together or they think it’s going to be a lot more work then they want to put forth. I admit the first time that I put a printable party kit together it was a lot of work… The outcome wasn’t as awesome as I had hoped either.

My first party kit... it wasn't awful but I know learned better ways of getting the job done.
My first party kit, fairy party… it wasn’t awful but  learned better ways of getting the job done.

I have learned, after creating over a dozen of these better ways of doing this. Printable parties are awesome because they allow customizations, they are unique and they are not factory produced. This is one of the reasons I started designing them. This fairy party kit is now discontinued from my shop, I have since become a better graphic designer and I feel this isn’t my best work though I really loved it at the time.

Printable parties don’t have to be extremely time consuming to put together and they don’t have to cost a fortune. You don’t need a professional party person. If you are on a budget you can still throw a fabulous party! Here are some hint’s to help out.

  1.  Figure out what you need. At Metro-Event.com I offer a ton of items but you do not have to get a full kit, honestly as I have put kits together I realized that printing everything that I have in the kit can actually be quite wasteful. Not everything is used. You can get a smaller party kit through the metro-events party shop where you can choose your own kit by using the “Build Your Own Kit“. Here is how it works:
    1. Choose the number of items that you want out of the 29 party printables that are available.
    2. Purchase the number kit that corresponds with the items that you would like, for example: If you wanted an invitation, cupcake toppers, thank you card & favor tags this would be a 4 item kit.
    3. Once you purchase the kit send an email to purchases@metro-designs.com stating the items that you want in your party kit along with the information that you want on the custom designs.
      THAT’S IT! WAIT FOR THE EMAIL FROM METRO-EVENTS THAT WILL CONTAIN YOUR CUSTOM PARTY FILES.
  2. Get the tools that you need for creating the party. Tools are EVERYTHING! If you try to cut everything with scissors it will make your hand hurt and take forever. The following are the recommended tools that help create these wonderful parties!
    1. For the 2″ favor tags use a 2″ hole punch: Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon that can be used online if you don’t have a store near you, this coupon makes all of these items affordable: 2″ hole punch at Hobby Lobby

      Metro-Events Party Hints
      2″ hole punch from Hobby Lobby.
    2. For the 3″ cup labels use a 3″ hole punch: 3″ hole punch at hobby lobby

      Metro-Events Party Hints
      3″ hole punch from Hobby Lobby.
    3. For large circles use a large circle cutter, I have found that the Martha Stewart circle cutter works best. This circle cutter does take a little bit of getting use to so I recommend drawing some different sized circles on pieces of paper to practice using the tool. If you try using it on your prints you may ruin your prints and have to spend more money re-printing the party designs, once you have learned how to use the tool it’s easy. Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter.

      Metro-Events Party Hints
      Large Circle Cutter from Hobby Lobby.
    4. For straight cut party designs you can use scissors however if you have a paper cutter that is less stress on your hands. I am not a huge fan of paper cutters myself because I can’t seem to get the designs cut close to the edge. I prefer to use a ruler, x-acto knife and cutting board. I learned how to use these when I was in college learning graphic design and yes I have tried to cut my finger off a couple of times so you have to pay attention to what you are doing! This is the best for me personally however I am a picky graphic artist that needs my prints to be perfect. So if you are a perfectionist like me learn how to use a ruler and x-acto knife!
    5. If you get a party banner there are number of ways to put these together… I have tried them all! You will need a regular hole punch to punch holes at the end of the pendants or a x-acto blade to slice slits. Here are options to adhesive them together. You can make the banner a little bit stronger and add extra design to it by cutting pieces of scrapbook paper a little large then the pendant triangles and paste the 2 pieces together. If you have a Cricut cutter they do carry a pendant cartridge, this is the easiest way to cut background paper. For gluing the 2 pieces of paper together spray adhesive will work however the stick does wear off of them and the printing paper may fall off of the scrapbook paper so the pioneer glue is a better option to avoid this issue.
      1. Ribbon or string, this option cost a bit more because the prices of ribbon is a bit more. There are a couple of ways to use ribbon. You can tie each pendant together with a piece of ribbon and make a bow or you can string the ribbon through all of the banner pendants then tie the ends. The photo below shows the banner linked together with ribbon, I actually sliced the ends of the banner paper to create slits on this one so that the ribbon would lay flat.
        Chocolate Factory Birthday Banner - Ribbon is strung through the pendants to link them together.
        Chocolate Factory Birthday Banner – Ribbon is strung through the pendants to link them together. I used a Cricut cutter to cut foil gold pendants to glue the printed banner.
        Pirate Party Banner from Metro-Events
        Pirate Party Birthday Banner – String is strung through the pendants to link them together.

        ii. Another option for attaching party banners is to use brads. It’s funny a lot of people don’t think they have    heard of brads until I show a photo of what they look like. Brads are the less expensive way to link the          pendants together. There is also more control when using brads because they twist with the paper easily    once they pendants are linked together.

        Metro-Events Party Hints
        Brads for linking party banner pendants together. If you get a large pack you can use them for multiple parties and the price is less in the long run.

        Frozen birthday banner:  I used glitter paper for the background then linked the banner pendants together using brads.
        Frozen birthday banner:
        I used glitter paper for the background then linked the banner pendants together using brads.
    6. Glue, I prefer this glue called pioneer glue. This stuff is pretty amazing, it’s inexpensive and it sticks to nearly everything, it’s also not messy because it’s a stick. Hot glue or whatever glue you prefer is fine to use as well.

      Metro-Events Party Hints
      This glue stick from Pioneer®
    7. If you are going to use the cupcake toppers make sure to get some sticks for it. You can get the candy sticks but I prefer Woodsies. Woodsies are awesome for the toppers, it’s flat so they stay on a better. Candy sticks are round which makes it a little more difficult to stick to flat paper. Woodsies are also super inexpensive! 750 for $4, you only have to purchase them one time and you will have enough for quite a few parties. You can also paint them to match your party, if you want to get really creative add rhinestones to them!

      Metro-Events Party Hints
      Woodsies Craft Sticks at Hobby Lobby.
  3. Look around your house for items to use, you don’t have to buy EVERYTHING!
    1. Spray paint old bottles and jars. This is a great inexpensive way to add matching party decorations to your printable party items and it’s also a good way to reuse old things for something cool!
      Gatsby Party Decorations
      This is from my Gatsby party Collection. I spray painted the cup that has cheese dip. I also spray painted the stand that the dip is on. The scale in the background was spray painted, it was an old rusty scale that I picked up at the flee market years ago for $10. If you get Rustoleum spray paint it will work for just about anything you can spray paint glass items.

      4. Make some things for CHEAP! There are a number of things that are really inexpensive that you can make. the stand that is shown in the image above is something that I made. The total cost was under $10 and you get six of the stands because the terra cotta pots that I use come in packages of 6 for under $4 at Hobby Lobby.

      Budget Party Idea
      How to make mini stands:.These can be used for many things:
      Shown in photo as dip-cup stands. I have also used these for cupcake stands, mini candy dishes and mini cookie dishes.

      Now that I have created a few different parties using the printables created by Metro-Events. I have created some better parties.

      Mobster Party Decorations
      Mobster Party Decorations By Metro-Events Party Supplies and Decorations
      Chocolate Factory Party
      Chocolate Factory Birthday Party Decorations By Metro-Events Party Supplies and Decorations
      Winter Carnival Party
      Winter Carnival Party Kit By Metro-Events Party Supplies and Decorations.

      I will continue this series of hints to help out so please check back on Metro-Designs & Event Services blog for more later! Please comment for questions or feel free to email!