While I may not have Martha Stewart’s flair for decorating or entertaining, I do try to put small, festive touches to every gathering I host.
This includes Thanksgiving, which I have hosted for the past few years. I’m still finalizing my Thanksgiving dinner menu– it’s always the side dishes that I can’t decide on!
One easy way to class up the joint on Thanksgiving is to make a fancy Thanksgiving dinner menu that you can display for your guests.
It’s fun, it’s easy, and it looks fabulous!
Fancy Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
We are going to make our Thanksgiving dinner menu using a free graphic design website called PicMonkey.
Go to www.picmonkey.com to begin. Select “Design” (as seen below).
Now select 8×10 for the size.
After selecting your design size, this takes you to page where you will spend most of your time, creating the actual Thanksgiving dinner menu.
You will see a page that looks exactly like the one below, with the Canvas Color option already open. If you want the background of your menu to be a color other than white, this is where you select it.
I’m going to keep mine white, because I just want a classic black & white Thanksgiving menu. So I will just click “Cancel” to close that option. (But there is always the ability to change your mind and come back to it later.)
If you do want a colored background, simply click on the color you want and select “Apply.”
Next, click on the “Tt” icon in the left sidebar. This will bring up a list of fonts, as seen below.
Click the “Add Text” box at the top of the list, select a font from the list, and start typing!
Note: the fonts with the orange crown symbol next to them are only available to Royale users. I still think there are plenty of great ones to use without signing up for a Royale membership, but you can always sign up for a free one-week Royale trial if you want the fonts but don’t want to pay.
Play around– scroll down the list. Test out a bunch of different font options. There are a handful of script fonts, which I like for an elegant Thanksgiving dinner menu.
The one I selected in the example below is called “Great Vibes.”
Once you have added your written text on the screen, you can play around with the color by clicking on a different color in the box labeled “Text.” If you want to change the size of the text, you can either move the slider bar under “Size” or input a number into the box that currently says 276. Make sure to highlight the text you are playing with so that it changes.
I did a separate text box for the “Thanksgiving Dinner” title, so now I will add the text for the rest of my menu.
Click on “Add Text” again and start typing the rest of your menu. You will see that the text comes up bigger than I want and in a different font than I want. That’s okay– I will edit it after.
For now, I typed in all my appetizers and I’m going to highlight the text (which is why it’s now blue) in order to make my style changes.
After highlighting my text, I changed the font to “Great Vibes” so that it matches my “Thanksgiving Dinner” menu title.
I also centered the text so that it looks nice. To center your text, make sure it’s highlighted and then click the middle of the three buttons with four lines (as seen in the image below and designated by the pink arrow pointing to it).
While the text is highlighted, go ahead and make it the size you want it. I made the words “Appetizers,” “Main Course,” and “Desserts” slightly larger than the food underneath them.
You can also change the color of the font at any point.
If you don’t want any graphics on your menu, then once your text is arranged nicely on the page…you’re done! Print this puppy out!
If you want to add some colorful graphics, click on the butterfly icon in the left sidebar. This takes you to an entire list of available graphics, although anything with that orange crown symbol is, again, only for Royale users.
Still, these nice Basic Leaves can dress up your Thanksgiving dinner menu! And you can customize the color for each one.
And that’s it! You’re done with your Thanksgiving dinner menu design.
Click on “Save” at the top of the page to save the file to your computer. Open Microsoft Word and choose “Insert picture,” selecting the saved menu to insert on the page. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, you can use Google Docs in much the same way. Open a new document and choose “Insert image,” selecting the saved menu to insert on the page.
Print out your document and admire its beauty!
You can add further embellishments to the Thanksgiving dinner menu or just leave it as is. If your kids want to make it festive, they can add stickers or feathers or anything really.
Place the menu in a picture frame and display somewhere near the food.
Want more Thanksgiving ideas? Check out my list of 20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids (All Under $10) & my Thanksgiving Pinterest board…