Happy Thanksgiving to our American family and friends! It’s always great to celebrate and give God thanks for all His blessings!
There were a couple of extra Thanksgiving ideas that I forgot to add to my Canadian Thanksgiving post so I thought I’d quickly share them here. I’m always doing things last minute and I’m wondering if anyone else does it too….so here are some free printables and ideas for some last minute Thanksgiving decor!
These lovely printable pages are from Hope Ink, and I printed them off on kraft colored cardstock. Here is the cozy house coloring page and the cute turkey coloring page. Perfect for Thanksgiving! I used them for decorating my piano, and then forgot to let the kids color them! They would look great colored in with those really nice colored pencils (Prismacolor I think?)
I found another great printable at The Creativity Exchange for a child’s chalkboard place-mat. This is such a fun idea, to have a black area that can be used as a chalkboard. I printed out the regular-paper sized one, also on kraft cardstock, so the plate is oval shaped, but if you print out the larger size the plate is round. My printer’s out of colored ink, so the color you see here isn’t what would print out on your printer! 🙂 Here’s our Menu for today: It would make a great place setting with your guest’s name written on it in chalk….or just a fun place-mat for the kids to write on!
Oh yes, there’s also the printable that I came up with for my living room frame…you can find the link here.
Some more last minute Thanksgiving decor ideas….use fruit. Wooden fruit, plastic fruit or real fruit. I was looking through some old Thanksgiving photos and noticed that that is what I tend to do. Especially grapes. Grapes appear adorning a naked turkey (in the family photo), and around jello salad and on plates, cake stands, everywhere! So that’s my big advice. Have some grapes on hand, and maybe a few other fruits. Just in case. You never know. And if you are really running last minute and the turkey isn’t thawed and the pies aren’t baked….You can always do what Charlie Brown did……serve them buttered toast, popcorn, jelly beans and pretzels!!! 🙂 The idea is to be together and to be grateful. The rest is all “dressing”!!
Thanksgiving is almost here for us Canadians, are you ready? I’m still housecleaning and baking like a crazy. Kind of. I keep getting distracted by little fun things, like decorating or going through boxes that I haven’t seen for a while. I saw a list yesterday that said countdown to Thanksgiving, and shows you what to do each week, for 4 weeks before the event!! Things like start baking, send out invitations, etc. And it says 4 weeks before: finish major housecleaning! I figure that if I changed weeks to days, I’d be right on schedule.
Decorating is so much more fun than cleaning and de-cluttering. I have a frame in my living room that is for changing, with the seasons, or with the birthdays, whatever. It’s easy to pop out the picture and add something new. I was looking around for a “free Thanksgiving printable” to print and frame, and I found lots of nice ones, but they were in color. And even if I switched them to black and white, they’d be all grey and use up tons of ink. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m down to only black ink, so I made up something myself to print out for my frame, and thought I’d post it here, in case anyone else with a black-ink-only printer problem would like to have one for their Thanksgiving decor. All the fonts I used are by Kimberly Geswein, I really like her stuff! Ooh, I just saw some new ones on her blog that I want, nice very nice! There are links on her blog to download all her fonts, and she has examples, so you can see what the fonts look like in a paragraph form. The border is artwork by the Gypsy Chick, that I had for commercial use. (warning: blurry photos ahead!)
The printable is for a 8 1/2 by 11″ page, but my frame takes 12×12″, so I printed off 2 and cut one up to go behind the other. My printer also didn’t print to the edge of the page, so I had to shave some off. The printable should go to the edge of your page, if you can set your printer to do that. So this is what I did:
I don’t like the placement of the red leaf, but am trying to tell myself to just leave it, to not take everything down to rearrange!!! grrrrr. Oh well. So this is what it looks like, and you can click on the folder below to download a zipped folder. Unzip and print! Let me know if it’s not working, since, ahem, it’s been awhile since I’ve uploaded a printable…. This photo below is just the example, and somehow one of the words is cut off and there’s a watermark that says personal use only, so that means it’s just for you to use in your home, y’know, no copying or selling or that kind of thing!