It's amazing how many free printable party invitations are available online these days. It used to be that you'd have to buy whatever invitations the local stationary or drug store had on hand, or, if the occasion was more formal, you had to go to an expensive printer and get custom invitations. But now there's a whole world of alternatives when you're throwing a party, because printable party invitations have changed the way invitations are made.
If you have a computer and a printer, you can now make your own party invitations at home. It helps if you have a paper cutter, too, but you can work around that if you don't have one by having your invitations cut at a local printer or copy shop. You can also cut them with a ruler and a craft knife, but that can be a bit grueling if you have a lot to cut.
The really great thing about downloading free printable birthday party invitations is the diversity of choices. There are not only different designers who create diverse styles, but there are also an unbelievable number of niche types. This means that whether you're throwing a 50th anniversary party for yourself or your parents, a Quinceanera (a traditional formal birthday party thrown for 15th-year-old Latin American girls), a summer BBQ and luau pool blow-out or a Halloween party, there are invitation designs available. You just have to make sure that the quality of the art is sufficient, so you end up with good results. To ensure this, an image should be at least 100 dpi (dots or pixels per inch), and 200 or 300 dpi are even better.
Before you run all the invitations, you'll want to print a test to make sure the artwork looks clear in its final form. Run this test on the card stock you plan to use for the invitation, not just on regular bond printer paper. That will give you the most accurate picture of what you'll end up with. If the image looks at all "pixelated" (either blurry or choppy), don't use that particular piece of art. There are so many free printable invitations on the Web, you can always just go out and look for another!