Mid-November already and only a couple short weeks before the big Thanksgiving celebration. In the midst of planning, I was feeling good. With my list in hand, I began to review. Guest list? Check. Invitations? Check. Table settings? Check. Menu? Check. But, I wasn’t satisfied. There was something missing…
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and hosting is an activity that I enjoy very much as well. Any excuse to spend a bit of extra time together with my family and friends, I am all for. And that’s when it hit me: if you want something done right, DIY and make it custom.
DIY: Thanksgiving Food
First things first, a DIY recipe from a dear friend to get those creative Thanksgiving juices flowing. Warning, please be sure to not read further on an empty stomach: Freda’s Sweet Potatoes
DIY: Custom Thanksgiving Menus
You don’t have to be a professional graphic artist to create a beautiful, customized Thanksgiving dinner menu. Not only do they wrap up Thanksgiving dinner with a fun and personal touch, but they are sure to please even the most discerning Thanksgiving party hosts and goers. Here’s what you need to do:
- Finalize your Thanksgiving menu
- Choose a customizable printable template. I found mine on Etsy.
- Update the template to include your menu items. Some templates welcome personal photography and could be a fun way to personalize further with this year’s holiday family photo.
- Finalize the template and print enough copies for each guest’s place setting. Simply select your preferred paper type (I like the Epson Presentation Paper Matte) and follow the instructions on your Epson Small-in-One printer. Make sure to have scissors handy in case you need to make any size adjustments.
- Display the custom menus proudly. Mine turned out great and I’m so excited to share with my guests.
That’s really all there is to it. Super simple, but a surefire crowd pleaser. As an optional step, you could always visit your local office superstore to have the menus laminated as a means to ensure they last throughout the Thanksgiving festivities. However, it’s not necessary.
Now get out there and start customizing – recipes, menus, and more! Your family, friends and guests will definitely feel the holiday love and cheer. And please share your holiday party and planning experiences with me in the comments below.