Important info for MAC users

My Party Printables only work in Adobe Reader and NOT Mac’s default PDF viewer Preview. Double clicking on a PDF file will open it it in Preview even if you have Adobe Reader installed.

I recommend launching Adobe Reader and opening my files directly from Adobe Reader itself:

How to open files in Adobe Reader on your Mac

  1. Download Adobe Reader for free here and install it on your computer.
  2. Download a fresh/new copy of your templates and save them to your computer. To save the templates without them automatically opening in Preview: move your mouse over the download link, Control+click and then select “Download linked file”.
  3. Open Adobe Reader from your Applications folder.
  4. In Adobe Reader, click on File – Open.
  5. Navigate to the folder where you saved the downloaded files (usually your Downloads folder unless you chose a specific location) and select them
  6. Your files are now open in Adobe Reader!

How to set Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer

If you use a lot of editable PDF files on your Mac I recommend you set Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer. This way all PDF files are automatically opened in Adobe Reader instead of Preview. Here’s how:

▶  Don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer yet?

1. Download the Latest version of Adobe Reader and install it on your computer. It's free and you can get it here from Adobe's website.

2. Although you may have now installed the latest version of Adobe Reader, your Mac will still use “Preview” when you click on a PDF file UNLESS you change the default PDF reader from “Preview” to “Adobe Reader”. To make that change, follow the simple steps below:

(a) Move the Adobe Reader icon in your “Applications” folder to the “Dock” which is where all your program icons are located at the bottom of your desktop.

(b) Open Adobe Reader from the Dock.

(c) Using the File / Open menu in Adobe Reader, locate and open any PDF file that you have on your computer.

(d) You should then get the following message: “Adobe Reader is not currently configured to be the default application for pdf files. Would you like to make pdf files open with Adobe Reader instead of Preview?”

(e) Click “Yes”

▶  Already have Adobe Reader on your computer (but it’s not set as the default PDF viewer)?

1. Using Finder, locate any PDF file. Right-click (or Control-click) the PDF file and select ‘Get Info’ from the menu you’ve opened.

2. Under the heading ‘Open with,’ the current default application for opening PDF’s is listed (which will most likely be Preview). If there is no application listed you may need to click the triangle to the left of ‘Open with’ so that it points downward to reveal the current setting.

3. Click on the application list to open a drop-down menu displaying additional applications. In this menu locate the most recent version of Adobe Reader and select it.
If Adobe Reader is not listed you may not have it installed (check by selecting Other .... and navigating through your Applications folder to locate the icon for Adobe Reader - if you do find it, click to highlight it and then click the Add button).

4. Back in the information window click the ‘Change All’ button so that all subsequent PDF files will be opened by Adobe Reader

5. Click the Continue button to confirm that you’d like to change your settings. Now all PDF files will be opened by Adobe Reader.

If you wish to change your default PDF viewer back to Preview at a later date, you can follow the instructions above selecting Preview instead of Adobe Reader.


  1. Leah Parker says

    Thank you for your detailed instructions for downloading and for a great product!  I am so pleased with how easy it was to edit and love the invitations.

    Thank you!


  2. Felissa Covin says

    I am excited to order these!!  Best ones I have found yet and I have been searching for a WEEK!!  Others make it so complicated to give them information for them to type and then I realize I may have left things out!!  NO THANK YOU!!!  This sounds so easy and PERFECT and exactly what I am looking for!!
    Questions:  Instead of a “happy birthday” banner can I get a banner that says “TREATMENTS”?  

    Felissa Covin

    • says

      Hi Felissa!  Sure – my banners are designed so that you can print off any message that you like.  They come on (usually) one single page which can be edited and printed multiple times to create custom messages.  You type in the first letters of your message “T” and “R” , print, and then type over those letters with the next letters in your message and reprint the page, and so-on.  Hope that helps! Simone

  3. Melissa says

     Is there are way to enlarge font or change the font? 

    thank you. I have purchased several packages from you and they are fantastic. 


    • says

      Hi Melissa, Most text fields will let you change the text size (either bigger or smaller) by highlighting the text in Adobe Reader and pressing Command+E. This will bring up the Text Properties Toolbar – you can change the the text size on that toolbar (if you end up with a little + sign in the bottom right of the text box, it means that your text size is too big – reduce the text size from the toolbar).

      A few text fields will automatically resize any text you type to fit the available space (you cannot manually change the text size in these fields). If you have problems typing spaces in these fields, please type without spaces and then use the arrow keys to move back and add the space.

      I don’t recommend changing the font – doing so will often affect the alignment of the text.

  4. Karen Clark says


    • says

      Hi Karen,  if you cannot bring up the Text Properties Toolbar (by pressing Command+E) when your cursor is on the Water Bottle wrap text, it means that either:  
      1.  the file is open in Preview
      2.  the file is currently open in Adobe Reader BUT has previously been opened and saved in Preview corrupting the file.

      Please download a fresh copy of the file and save it to your computer – then follow steps 1-6 above.

  5. lisa douglass says

    i downloaded the basketball ticket and its printing in the blue and red instead of the orange and black

    • says

      Hi Lisa, if your file is printing in strange colors like yours it means that either:
      1. the file is open in Preview
      2. the file is currently open in Adobe Reader BUT has previously been opened and saved in Preview corrupting the file.

      Please download a fresh copy of the file and save it to your computer – then follow steps 1-6 above.

  6. iliana rodo says

    Hi Simone,
    I am having trouble with my file. I saved it with the date 22 of august, but I had to change the date to the 15th and it doesn´t let me. Help me please. I have a Mac Air. It was working fine before…
    Iliana Rodo

    • says

      Hi Iliana, if you cannot change any text on your file, it’s likely that either:
      1. the file is open in Preview
      2. the file is currently open in Adobe Reader BUT has previously been opened and saved in Preview corrupting the file.
      3. or you are using the file on your mobile device.

      Please download a fresh copy of the file and save it to your laptop/computer – then follow steps 1-6 above. Let me know if you still need further help.

  7. mehwish shaikh says

    Hi simone

    is there a way to save the invitation. as i want to attach as an image on Facebook event. and not actually send out physical invitation.

    please help

    thank you


  8. Laura says

    Hi Simone .. I have read all of your instructions and troubleshooting and spent a lot of time at this point trying to get the files to work that have text on them. Every time I open them, in any program including Adobe Reader which I downloaded and installed specifically as you instructed, it just freezes. I am feeling pretty frustrated that I paid money to simplify party prep and instead it has been the most time consuming thing and still doesn’t work. Can you just send me the files with no text box? I will just handwrite things in the boxes after I print them out. Thank you.

    • says

      Hi Laura, I have done a test download from your download links and cannot replicate your issue (files download and open as normal on my Mac).

      As my templates do not change from order to order, issues such as your screen freezing may mean that your Adobe Reader hasn’t been installed correctly or has a conflict (have you tried restarting your computer to see if the problem persists?)

      I really don’t recommend you try opening the files in any other program except Adobe Reader. Doing so will corrupt the file and will also cause the issues you are finding when you do then try to open the file in Adobe Reader.

      I recommend downloading a FRESH/NEW copy of your files, saving them to your computer (by pressing Control+click on the link and selecting “Download Linked File”) – then follow steps 3-6 above.

      I see from the logs that you have been downloading the ZIP file – don’t forget that ZIP files need to be unzipped first before you can open the individual pages in Adobe Reader. To unzip on a Mac simple double-click the ZIP file.

      I will email you now to follow up.

      • Laura says

        Hi Simone .. Although I am still working at trying to get the files to work correctly, I really appreciate your professionalism with me. You responded quickly and have tried to be helpful and to make any adjustments necessary. I really appreciate that, and if I am able to get them to work for me with my computer/setup, would not hesitate to get something off your site again, despite the issues I’ve had, because of your quick and helpful responses. Thanks ..


    • says

      Hi Louise, as per the listing all files are formatted to print at US Letter (or A4) size, not larger. Please contact me for a quote on enlarging files.

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