How to Create a Map to a Party
Creating a map to a party is a simple matter of entering the address of the party's location into an online map generator, confirming the map generated actually is to the location you desire, and then sending the map to your guests. For the purposes of this example, Google is a good map generator, though others do exist, and it may fit your needs to try a couple of those as well.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Address of party location
- Email addresses for guests
Search Your Party Location
Go to the Google home page at www.google.com.
Click on the "Maps" tab in the upper left of the browser window. This should bring you to a window showing a map of the United States (or some other country of your residence).
Enter the address where the party will be held into the search field. Follow the format: Street Address, City, State, Zip Code, Country.
Click the "Search Maps" button next to the search field. The next screen that appears should show a simplified, overhead street map of the local area surrounding the address you entered, plus, if available, a picture of the location via "Street View" in the upper left of the screen, beneath the address.
Confirm And Adjust Your Map
Click on the location picture and confirm it is the one you desired. If you have entered the correct address, and if Google is showing the correct location for the address, then you may skip the next couple of steps in this section. Sometimes, Google does not show the correct location, and even warns users of this by putting a warning, "Address is approximate" in the "Street View" screen if you put your mouse cursor over it. Again, if the location is correct, skip steps 2 and 3. If it is not correct, please follow the next steps.
Determine where the address you want actually is. If you are familiar with the area, this should be easy.
Click and drag inside the "Street View" screen to turn the direction of the desired address. Click the arrow buttons that appear superimposed over the streets to move in that direction. Continue until you reach the desired location. Click "More" to the left of the "Street View" image. A dropdown menu will appear. Select "Move Marker". You will then be moved back to the original location.
Click on the inverted teardrop-shaped marker and move it in "Street View" until it is in the location you want. This may require many drops and movements before reaching the final destination.
Click the "Save" tab in the upper right of the "Street View" screen.
Distribute Your Map
Click the "Save to map" tab to the left of the "Street View" screen.
Select "Create a new map..." in the dropdown menu.
Click "Save". A simplified street map in overhead view will appear again, this time with a blue marker.
Click the "Edit" tab to change the name of the map, if you wish. Make a headline such as "Join us at the yard party June 23 from 7 to 9 p.m."
Click the "Send" (the letter icon at the top right of the map screen and enter the email addresses of all the party attendees. If you wish to send a paper map, click the "Print" icon.