Today we have launched the Grateful Praise Thanksgiving Set! This is a beautiful and elegant set of printables that includes large format printable posters for your walls as well as printable decorations for your table top. Because we may have overstuffed this set (fitting for Thanksgiving, right?) we thought it would be helpful to write this blog post to let you know exactly what comes in this set, and how we recommend using it!
First let’s start with the options for decorating walls! For this set, we chose one of our favorite thanksgiving hymns, “For the Beauty of the Earth,” written by Foliott S. Pierpoint. Using these lyrics, we have created poster options that will work on their own, or printed and displayed together.
“For the Beauty of the Earth”: We have 3 design options for the first line of this hymn: 1) Horizontal and plain, 2) Horizontal with foliage, 3) Vertical with foliage. You can also choose to print these black on white or white on black.
“For the Beauty of the Skies”: We’ve included the same options as above. 1) Horizontal and plain, 2) Horizontal with stars, 3) Vertical with stars. Also in black on white and white on black.
“Lord of all to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise”: The last line of the hymn is available in black on white or white on black, with foliage above and below.
Whole hymn: We have also included 2 options (vertical and horizontal) for you to display the entire hymn if you would like!
Finally, we have included 2 sentiments that are unrelated to the hymn, but perfect for Thanksgiving!
PRINTING these large posters: We often get the question of HOW to print these large images. It is actually pretty easy and inexpensive. Just put the files onto a jump drive and go to a local print shop that does engineering or architectural prints (we recommend calling ahead to confirm that they do these large prints for under $10; for us, Staples has yielded the most consistent positive results). The print shop will take care of the rest. If you are still hesitant about doing this, we have more detailed instructions here, and our blog contributor Lazy Krista just recently wrote a great post about how to print large scale, where she even admits that the idea of this was initially overwhelming and intimidating to her. But after doing it for the first time, she realized it was no big deal at all! The posters can print up to 36 x 48 inches, but you can request smaller sizes as well. The print shop will typically charge you per square foot, so smaller prints = smaller prices.
Table Covering: My favorite part of this set (this is Alma writing here) is the giant table covering! I think that this instantly transforms your table into something AMAZING! Simply print your table covering like any of the posters, and use over a tablecloth or over butcher paper. This beautiful table covering combines flowing foliage and calligraphy and is stunning in both black on white or white on black. Feel free to give your guests pens, markers, or crayons, and invite them to color if they would like as well!
These print up to 36 inches by 48 inches (HINT: That is BIG!). We like them covering the whole table, but they would also look stunning as a runner along your table top! Print out full size, and cut them down the middle!
Extras for the Table: We have also included napkin rings (4 designs with black or white background), placemats (5 designs with black or white background), and place cards (4 designs with black or white background). If you prefer not to do the giant table coverings, then use the placemats! And napkin rings and place cards are easy ways to dress up your table just a little bit more.
In this set, we have also included an invitation for your Thanksgiving meal as well as thank you cards! These products are also available on their own as free downloads, but if you purchase the Grateful Praise Thanksgiving Set, rest assured that these files are also included in your download!
I think that sums it up! Feel free to leave us any questions you might have about this set! With so many options, it’s easy to make it yours. We’d love to see what you do with this set, so please share pictures of your Thanksgiving decor with us on Instagram (tag @caravanshoppe and/or use the #caravanshoppe hashtag), or Facebook!