November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Table: Place cards

Remember when I talked about borrowing dishes from friends?? Well, I'm still doing it, folks! Emily from Texan Foodie brought these square plates over when she let me preview her products. These are from her own, personal stash, but I was glad to use them for this post!

As part of our table series, I thought I'd show you a few EASY ways to display place cards at your Thanksgiving dinner. These ideas would work for any Fall or Winter table, really. And, don't worry, these won't take you all day.

First, I took a piece of cardstock and cut out my place cards. Then I hand wrote the names. Don't go gettin' all fancy with the computer on me.

I took that oh-so simple card and propped it on a few Fall elements: a pinecone, a mini pumpkin and a brown paper flower.

That's it! And, I love the personal touch it adds to my table.

You might want to hot glue a round of brown felt to the bottom of your pinecone to prevent pinecone debris from soiling your eating surface. I may or may not have learned this from experience.

The brown paper flower could be made out of tissue paper in ANY color. Get creative!

The tutorial for Lunch Bag Paper Flowers can be found here

Only have a few Fall napkins? Don't be afraid to mix and match your linens! I'm a fairly traditional gal, but when it comes to setting the table, the new rule is: There are no rules! Do what appeals to you. Unless, of course, you're hosting Mr. President for dinner, in which case, the knife and spoon got together and the fork LEFT.  You might want to google the rest of the details.

Oh goodness, have I mentioned how these creamy white pumpkins just kill me?? Yes? Oh, okay. Just checking.


  1. Such cute ideas! Thanks for the inspiration...I was looking for a new place card idea for this year! Would you pleeeeease share this post at my holiday party?

  2. What beautiful ideas for place cards! I always use place cards for Thanksgiving but include a "Thankful" scripture verse for all of us to read at the table. I love the pine cone idea! Enjoy your Sunday!

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  3. Emily, I am just loving all of these tablescapes! I can't pick a fave...I love them all for different reasons. However, I must say the paper flowers have stolen my heart! Very cute!

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  5. I love the version with the pinecone! :o)

  6. I love placecards...I just do! How did you make the one with the brown bag flower? Is there a tutorial and I missed it? Thank you!

  7. @TheParsonsWife
    I do have a tutorial coming up soon!! I just need to finish it up! :)

    Glad you like the idea! I love place cards too!

  8. Love all of these ideas! I was already thinking I would use pinecones and now i'm sold! Better head out to the store today! Come visit me sometime!

  9. Seriously creative! Love all of the place cards...especially love the pine cone.

    Thanks for linking it to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays :)


  10. A small paper cutting with good sign makes a simple table more beautiful and attractive. I suggest this idea for my one of the nearest uncle for his newest restaurant.
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  11. Love your paper place card and will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday!

  12. You entered twice on Tuesday. I have been busy this week. Love your tablescape. You rock!

  13. Thanks so much for the pointers on how to display your pretty placecards! You are cracking me up with your creamy pumpkins, but I am with you on the love for those! We are hosting a Home for the Holidays link party and would love for you to join us!


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