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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your tablescape.  If you are having a crowd, it’s nice to put place cards so everyone knows where you would like them to sit.  Love this idea from Canadian House and Home using a simple burlap napkin decorated with a fabric marker.

http://betweennapsontheporch.net

You can always count on Susan at Between Naps on the Porch Blog for great holiday tablescapes.  I love her pinecone name tags.  So easy to make your own by spray painting some pincones with gold spray paint (or any color that matches your decor).

http://www.recipegirl.com/2010/11/11/a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner-menu/

Adding a paper leaf to a small pumpkin (or gourd) is another great idea I found over at recipe girl’s blog.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/

GoodHousekeeping shares this neat idea of using old wine corks for a placecard holder.

http://thriftyparsonageliving.blogspot.com/

Joy, at Thrifty Parsonage Living, printed off photos of her guests on translucent paper and glued them to glass candle votives.  What a lovely, personal touch and a great gift to let your guests take home with them at the end of the meal.

http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/thanksgiving-crafts-to-make.html

If you are crafty, I found this simple idea at the Holiday Crafts and Creations website.  You can use M & M’s (or maybe candy corn) filled bags tied with raffia for each place setting.  The kids will love it.  For the tutorial click here.

http://www.caramelpotatoes.com/2011/11/15/cornucopia-place-cards-or-party-favors/

And what could be easier than these cornucopia place cards.  A simple waffle cone is all you need and you could fill them with candy or grapes or nuts — so much fun!

http://www.craftsunleashed.com/index.php/seasonal/favors/pear-turkey-craft/

You can see how to make this pear turkey here at Crafts Unleashed.  I’d add a little paper bow-tie on which you could write each guest’s name.  So cute!

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/thanksgiving/thanksgivingcenterpieces

The folks at Epicurious suggest using small vases, shot glasses, candle holders etc. and filling them with green and orange legumes and a small stem of leaves or berries to which you can afix your name tags.  So colorful on the table.

http://www.simplymeart.com/

And, for a super simple place card idea, just wrap a pretty napkin with a contrasting ribbon, slide on a handwritten name tag and you are done!


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