When you're planning a huge feast in honor of a person, charity or major event, you should make tickets for your event. This way you can sell them in advance of the event, have a more accurate estimate of the amount of food you'll need, and be able to monitor who comes in and out of the hall.
Open a word processor such as Microsoft Word. You can also use a graphic layout program such as Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher. Make sure the page size is set to 8.5 by 11 inches. Set the page margins to 1 inch at top, bottom, left and right.
Create a box about 5.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall and align it at the top margin your page. This is a typical size for an event ticket and will allow three tickets to print on each page.
Add a vertical dotted or dashed line about 1.5 inches from the right side of the box. The area to the right of the line will be the ticket stub that your banquet guests will need to keep in order to get in and out of the banquet hall during the event.
Create a Word Art Image. Create this by clicking “Insert” then “Picture” then “WordArt” in most versions of Word. Type in the name of the event, such as “Sarah’s Big Banquet,” the date, place and time. Rotate the WordArt image by clicking“View | Toolbars | “Drawing.” Click the rotation tool on the toolbar and turn the WordArt counterclockwise 90 degrees.
Insert a text box in the larger, still-blank, left portion of the ticket. Type in the name of the event for the header, then a short description of the festivities -- for example, a feast to celebrate Sarah’s graduation. List the full day and date, the time the banquet begins and the location. Include directions if there is room. Include a contact phone number in case guests have questions.
Add any references to sponsors for the banquet, if applicable, to the left or right bottom of the ticket. You can simply insert the sponsor’s logo.
Add an image to the larger part of the banquet ticket if you’d like. For instance, a picture of a plate of food might be ideal for a banquet event. Simple line drawings work best.
Insert cardboard stock paper that is glossy on one side into your printer so that the ticket image will print on the glossy side. Be sure to adjust your printer configuration to be able to handle the heavier stock paper. Print as many as you need.
Send the ticket file to a professional printing shop as an alternative to printing it on your home computer. But first, convert the Word document to a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat if you have it installed on your computer, or, alternatively, with Adobe's free online conversion service (link in Resources).
Use a paper trimmer -- these are available for use at many copy shops, or can be purchased at office-supply stores -- to cut the tickets out of each page along or inside of the lines of the box you created in Step One.
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