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.

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).

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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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