Dinner Party Menu Booklet Invitation Tutorial

My amazing husband Nathan just turned 30 on Monday. He dreaded turning 30. I didn’t care what he thought about turning 30 because I was going to make a big hoopla out of it. I planned an outdoor dinner party for him. I invited some of our closest friends to the special occasion, including some out-of-state friends from our college days.

The invitation, I decided to go with a menu look since it was a dinner party. This is a simple step-by-step photo tutorial that should be self explanatory. And I did a second tutorial with the pattern for the string-tie envelope that I created to go with these invitations. If you make something using this tutorial, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.


  • cardstock
  • scrapbook paper with prints
  • string/twine
  • glue stick
  • large needle
  • ruler

1. Cut out some pattern pieces for the menu parts. I did two layers that were different shapes. I hand wrote ‘Menu’ on each of the oval pieces. Also cut the invitation cover to 8 x 6 inches and inside pages to 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.

2. Glue the pieces together onto the cover.

3. I used the computer to print a quote on the first page of the menu. The quote is by Abraham Lincoln who said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

4. Then I printed the inside of the menu with the party information.

5. Center the inside pages to the cover. Make three marks to where you will be making holes for the stitching. I made the marks at 1, 3 and 5 inch.

6. Thread your needle and get sewing. I punctured holes first before sewing.

7. Start at the top hole on the inside.

8. Come back through the middle and back out the bottom.

9. Come back up through the middle.

10. Tie at the top hole. Make sure the string is tight inside and out. Then trim the excess string.

» Tell me… Have you hosted a dinner party before? What was your experience like?

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