At this festive time of year, we like to chow down on delectable grub, take bounteous photos, and enjoy the beauty of our seasonally decorated abodes. Problem: We are very busy, and forget to do things like hang acorn garlands and gild small pumpkins. Next thing you know, it’s Thanksgiving day and we don’t even have plates. Is something burning?!
That’s no way to holiday. This year, we’re offering a selection of free Thanksgiving printables that can be downloaded and enjoyed in minutes. Whether you’re a Thanksgiving traditionalist or looking to host a Friendsgiving feast, PicMonkey’s here to help you celebrate your way. We’ll even teach you to make custom place cards at lightning speeds.
Traditional Thanksgiving with the fam
Despite Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, and Wig-Purchasing Wednesday, Thanksgiving is showing signs of going back to basics. Retailers like REI are asking their employees to stay home this Black Friday, and we’re giddy as a pardoned turkey to see the holiday return to its essentials: food and family. But mostly food.
For those of you planning to host a traditional Thanksgiving meal, set the scene with beautifully designed place cards. Our walkthrough takes under five minutes and you get awesome place cards at the end! (You can also check out the in-depth version of the tutorial.)
Design your own Thanksgiving printable
1. In Collage, go to Layouts and pick Ducks in a row. Rotate your collage so the squares are on top of each other instead of side by side. While you’re at it, stop by the background tool and set Spacing to zero.
Tip: When prompted to open images, select “Or collage with these” to use our default photos. Then ignore them!
2. Head to Swatches. Select one patterned Fall swatch and one solid swatch. Once you’re satisfied with your swatches, click Edit and never look back.
3. Pick your favorite overlay. For the look we’ve chosen, match Color 2 to your solid swatch with the eyedropper tool.
4. Add text. Choose whatever color and font feels most festive, and go nuts crafting your custom message. (Skip this step if you prefer to leave your place cards blank.)
5. Save and print. Bon apetit!
But wait, there’s more
If you’re thinking:
“Thanks, PicMonkey, but I’m using up my spare five minutes today reading this article. What do I do?”
You’re in luck! We’ve whipped up a side course of PicMonkey place card printables just for you. You don’t even have to say it three times fast; just download and enjoy.
Friendsgiving, the Turkey Day sensation sweeping the nation
You kids with your newfangled hashtag holidays! Get off my lawn!
Sadly for our inner 85-year-old, Friendsgiving—a portmanteau that describes, as you may have guessed, a Thanksgiving celebration with friends—is here to stay. Instagram lists nearly a quarter million uses of the hashtag “friendsgiving,” roughly 78% of which are bound to make you really hungry. And while Friendsgiving fans are often in their 20s and 30s, there’s no age requirement for this take on Thanksgiving: all you need are awesome people and good food.
Whether expanding on Thanksgiving dinner with family or celebrating the family they’ve chosen, more and more people are hopping aboard the Friendsgiving gravy train. (See what we did there?) And since we want you to stay trendy, dear readers, we’ve provided free printables to make your Friendsgiving one to remember. Just download, print, and bask in compliments.
Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving? Whichever late-November adventure you choose, brighten up your space with our fabulous Thanksgiving printables (or design your own). And have a happy holiday!