Customize this free printable dinner party menu for a fun & unique way to impress your guests!
Growing up, there were 2 times a year when the fine china, cloth napkins, and fancy glassware would be dusted off and entrusted in the hands of us kids. Christmas Eve & Valentine’s Day. The table would be set with a fancy tablecloth, there would be fancy candles (which we’d always argue about who got to blow them out), and the day-to-day plastic rainbow cups were replaced with fancy wine glasses filled with red Kool-aid.
So while the commercialized holiday may look like fancy gifts & dinners out for some (which I’m not against!), I think it will always remind me of this low-key family tradition trying to make it through a meal without someone spilling red kool-aid or attempting to blow air across the table to sneakily blow out the candles. It’s a tradition I hope to carry on one day and the very inspiration behind this project.
Whether you are hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner with friends or keeping it low key with the family, I wanted to come up with a fun way to personalize the meal with your own dinner party menu. And while many of the printables I share here are uneditable, these are FULLY editable through Avery Design & Print Online. Which means you can fully customize the menu’s text to your own signature dishes & family faves. (Simply create a free account & completely customize the design!) I designed the template and now you can fully customize the colors & fonts to YOUR liking.
So although I show a Valentine’s theme here, you could also change it to say, “KATIE’S BIRTHDAY MENU” and change the colors in the software to your party’s theme. Instant customization without needing fancy design software!
And the best part to these (in my opinion) is the pop-up feature. Set a menu at each place-setting and keep the kids in anticipation all day when they ask, “What’s for dinner?!” You know those tiny eyes will be stalking the kitchen all day, but make them wait ’til they sit down to pop open the “doors”. Or if you want to make it even more mysterious & interactive, make them wait to pop open each door until that course is served. Because there’s no greater anticipation than having to wait until dinner is over to find out what is for dessert!
So let me show you how easy it is! After downloading the template & customizing (instructions below), (1) print the designs on Avery Menu Cards. (2) Next, use a exacto knife to cut and score pop up “doors”. I included an assembly guide in the download folder so you know exactly where to cut, score, fold, and adhere. (3) Once cut, apply double-sided adhesive to the areas indicated in the assembly guide. Adhesive placement is shown in the photo below in bright yellow. (4) Finally, align top and bottom edges and place the top sheet over the bottom sheet. Trim off any excess white borders, if desired.
Once assembled, the doors will pop open and closed to reveal the menu items! Fun, huh? The other thing to mention is that if don’t feel like doing the pop-up feature, you can simply customize & print just the front and use it as a flat menu!
To Download & Print the Menus:
A. Download & save the Avery Templates to your computer. Unzip the file. Included in this zipped file are (1) Front Menu Avery File (2) Back Menu Avery File and (3) Assembly Guide PDF
B. Print and customize the menu through the Avery Design & Print Online software by:
1. Go to the Avery website and click “Open A Saved Project: From Your Computer” on the right side of the screen.
2. Upload the file you just downloaded.
4. Print on Avery Menu Cards, tear away from sheet, and assemble!
Materials & Supplies:
Avery Menu Cards (#80505)
Avery Template (Click here to download)
Double-Sided Adhesive / Exacto Knife
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