Monday, November 7, 2011

24 Days of Thanksgiving - Menu Card

It always seems to me that other people's homes are fancier than mine.  In my defense, fancy things are allergic to children and my house has got 'em bad.  The children, that is.  But just because my home is perpetually finger-printed and cheese cracker crumbed, that doesn't mean I should give up trying to make something pretty.

For Thanksgiving, I decided to make a menu card to display for our guests.  I used Microsoft Word and it took about ten minutes-- well worth it.  Here's the oh-so-easy steps:

1.  Open up a word document.
2.  Click the 'insert' tab and choose "shape".
3.  Pick a shape.  The way I did it was to pick a shape and then repeat, putting the second one inside the first, creating a frame.
 4.  Format your shape to adjust the color and outline.  This is all under the 'format' tab.

5.  Insert text boxes in the center, preparing for your menu items.  At this point, it's easiest to leave the line around the boxes so you can see where you're lining them up.  At the end, we'll remove them.
 6.  Once you have text boxes in place, start filling them in.  Choose your font and size and pretty it up.
7.  After you've filled in your menu, select each box and choose "format shape".
8.  Choose 'no line'.
 9.  Choose 'no fill'.
 10. Admire your work.  Oh, and save... for the love of mashed potatoes and gravy, save.
Put it in a frame and display it on Thanksgiving.  And periodically, wipe the fingerprints from the glass. :)


  1. Thanks for the tutorial, Priscilla. It will come in handy for a lot of things.

  2. This is a good idea!! Especially if you're having company.

  3. I'm still trying to figure out what casserole starts with "H". hehehe I think this is a great idea. I hope you're having fun with this series.


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