I tried the online invitations at Paperless Post for free in exchange for a review. Here it is...
There is just something about having a potluck luncheon at school. It brings people together. It creates community. It causes panic in those who forget about it.
Have you ever done this? You write down the date in your planner or put it on your digital calendar. And then you forget all about it until the day of the luncheon.
Or you plan the event. You put it on the school’s master calendar. You send out emails 2 weeks before, 1 week before, and 3 days before. You create a Google doc so that you don’t end up with 16 bottles of soda and nothing to eat. And then, no one responds. No one signs up. Or people don’t remember their dish, so they don’t show up because they don’t want to come empty-handed.
This is how our potluck luncheons have gone for the last few years. But this time, I had the opportunity to make it a little more memorable. This time, instead of plain old emails that get buried and unopened, I sent attractive and memorable invitations thanks to Paperless Post.
What is Paperless Post
Paperlesspost.com is a company that creates an array of appealing digital invitations and flyers. They offer a wide selection for various types of events and themes, from seasonal themes that to religious celebrations to professional get-togethers. Since our luncheon had a football theme, I easily found a great invitation to send. Adding text was easy. I changed the font, size, and color. I could add lines and move it around as needed. The whole process was very easy and user-friendly.
After I had the invitation the way I wanted, I chose a digital envelope and a liner. These are optional and there is a charge for each. Obviously not necessary, and a recipient probably would not know if you didn’t spring for the liner, but it’s a great detail that adds to the overall effect. I also chose a denim background on which to open the invitation. I never would have thought of this, but I loved the effect.
The most difficult part was uploading an email list, but I think it was user error and not the fault of Paperless Post. I had over 50 staff to email. How to format the .csv file from contacts is spelled out, and now my address book is ready for next time.
My name is Julie Overpeck. A middle school media specialist, mentor, presenter, middle grade book reviewer, and queen of the #libraryhack, I am a Texas girl in North Carolina with 16 years in education and 12 years of public school library experience.