How to Make a Farewell Lunch Flyer

By Filonia LeChat

When an office workmate is leaving for another job or a neighbor is moving out of town, you may want to mark the occasion with a farewell lunch. To advertise the lunch around your office or community, create a farewell flier to invite others to help send the person on her way. A variety of software programs are available to help you create fliers; within just a few minutes you can invite a group to see the person off in style.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Windows Paint
  • Digital image
  • Microsoft Word

Using Publisher

Step 1

Open Publisher and click “Blank Publications.” Double-click the “Blank Page” option, which opens a flier-sized 8.5-inch by 11-inch page of blank paper. Click the “Text Box” tool, which looks like an “A” on an index card, located on the left side of the screen. Draw a text box on the top of the flier and type the headline, such as “Max’s Goodbye Lunch” or “Join Us for Fannie’s Farewell!”

Step 2

Add another text box towards the bottom of the flier with lunch details, such as the restaurant’s location, potluck items to bring, date and time and a little bit of information about the departing person.

Step 3

Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box, such as “goodbye,” “mailbox,” “suitcases” or “moving boxes” and click the “Go” button. Scroll through the images and double-click one, which adds it to the flier. Grab a corner and drag or shrink the picture to your size preferences. Add more images to the flier if desired.

Step 4

Give the flier an eye-catching frame by clicking the “Publication Designs” option in the “Publication Designs” pane on the left side of the screen. Scroll through the border options such as balloons, flowers or bars; double-click one and the flier is automatically updated with a frame.

Step 5

Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the flier and save it to your computer.

Using Paint

Step 1

Open Paint, pull down the “File” menu and click “Open.” Browse to a digital image on your computer, such as a photograph of the person leaving. Double-click the image, which opens it in the Paint workspace. Click the “Select” tool and draw an outline around the picture. Press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys to copy the selection.

Step 2

Pull down the “File” menu again and click “New.” Click the “Image” menu and select “Attributes.” Type 8.5-inches by 11-inches and click “OK.” When the blank white flier appears, press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys to paste in the photo. Drag it into place with your cursor.

Step 3

Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A.” Click onto the flier; if a text toolbar does not open, pull down the “View” menu and select “Text Toolbar.” Choose a font and size, then type the flier headline, such as “Lucy’s Leaving!” or “Join us for Charlie’s Farewell Party.” Click further down on the flier, reduce the font size and add more information about the lunch.

Step 4

Click the “Paintbrush” tool, select the small round brush head and choose a paint color from the “Color Picker” at the bottom of the screen. Draw the outline of a graphic, such as a party hat, balloon or moving box. Click the “Paint Bucket” tool, then click inside the graphic, which fills with color. Switch back to the “Paint Brush,” change paint colors and add designs to the graphic.

Step 5

Pull down the “File” menu and click “Save As.” Give the flier a name and choose a place to save it to on your computer.

Using Word

Step 1

Open Word, click “File” and select “New.” When the “New Document” pane opens, type “flier” into the “Search online for” box and click “Go.” You may be more specific, such as “goodbye flier” or “lunch flier,” but you’ll receive fewer results.

Step 2

Scroll through the resulting list of template fliers, click a link to preview one and click the “Download” button to open the flier in the Word workspace. Highlight the placeholder headline on the flier and type directly over the text with your own, such as “It’s Been 20 Years!” or “Say Goodbye to Herman with us on Tuesday.”

Step 3

Highlight the other placeholder information on the flier and replace it with your own. Use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change the font, size, placement and color of the text.

Step 4

Click once on a placeholder graphic to highlight it, then press the “Delete” key to remove it from the flier. Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box and click “Go.” Scroll through the results and double-click an image to add it to the flier.

Step 5

Click the “File” menu, select “Save As,” choose a name for the flier and save it to your computer.