Art of the Season: Create Your Own Place Cards!

One way to make your Thanksgiving table organized and beautiful is to create your own place cards. Have you ever been to a large dinner party with no place cards and everyone is just standing around, and it seems awkward because they do not know where to sit?

I believe place cards make people feel comfortable. I think there’s something about seeing your name at the table that makes you feel special, too. But of course, don’t go overboard in making something that takes 1/2 of a day since tomorrow is the BIG DAY.

– You can buy simple Martha Stewart cards for very little money. Or get your kids involved and cut out your own with construction paper.

– Add your own design to them, if you want.

– Use a Sharpie marker and print the names on each card.

– Take white ribbon or twine and tie them to the stem of your stemware.

Wah-Lah — you’ve created a place card that is small, won’t get moved around on the table, and isn’t awkward!

I love taking the art of the season and making it into something beautiful and elegant.

Will you be using place cards for your Thanksgiving table tomorrow?

12 comments on “Art of the Season: Create Your Own Place Cards!”

  1. Yes, my 10-year-old daughter’s making ours. She’s folded card stock, written the person’s name, and drawn a cute Thanksgiving related picture (a pumpkin, turkey, etc.). She loves helping me entertain. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! Sweet place cards. It is only the four of us tomorrow and I will be tattooing our names on Pears…the kids love a fun table and I let them decorate the rest of the table too. Hope you have a marvelous day!

  3. I love place cards and yes, we’re using them tomorrow! I’ll have my daughter work on them while I cook Bird #2 (we finally got a good head count!).

  4. Sandy, this ThanksGiving I am thankful for you! I’ve been following your blog for a while and bought your book and love your message. I grew up in a boarding school and the times I was at home, my mother didn’t want me in the kitchen. I married a man whose family of origin only ate at the table on holidays otherwise ate in front of the t.v. set. I never really learned the art of hospitality. Until now. And you. You are a mentor to me although you don’t know me and I am older than you! My table is all set for tomorrow with a clearance table cloth, matching napkins that I made out of an identicle clearance table cloth, name cards my daughter made, my grandma’s silver, goblets from the dollar store, and pennies under those goblets! I asked everyone coming to bring parts of the meal. I’m so excited! Now let’s just hope the turkey turns out but I’m not gonna stress about it :) Thank you, Sandy, for showing me that simple is fine and that I can do it, too.

  5. I like the place card idea. Maybe I’ll try it for Christmas or next year if I host.

  6. I like the idea of simple place cards. I may do this today! Thanks!

  7. You are so right! Homemade place cards do make everyone feel comfortable. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :) xo

  8. I love place cards, too! They are fun to set your own table with, and I like going to other’s homes and seeing my name at their table, too. We are having an early Christmas celebration this weekend and I plan to enlist my young kids and their cousins to make the place cards. They get such a bang out of making them and placing them at the table. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. I love place cards, too! They are fun to set your own table with, and I like going to other’s homes and seeing my name at their table, too. We are having an early Christmas celebration this weekend and I plan to enlist my young kids and their cousins to make the place cards. They get such a bang out of making them and placing them at the table.

  10. Hey girl! I thought about you last night as we were watching Kyle and his teammates win over K State. Right now it’s fun to be a Duke fan!

    I will be using place cards this year–we’re having an assortment of people from various places, and I think place cards will help everyone feel more comfortable. One of our weekend guests is a 9-year-old girl, so I’m thinking that place cards will be a good thing for her to make on Thursday. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sandy! I hope it’s a wonderful time for you and your family!

  11. I love your place cards Sandy. Where do you buy the Martha Stewart ones? I used a simple white placecard and added a “Happy Thanksgiving” sticker to each one. Happy Thanksgiving to you Friend!! Hope it’s a wonderful day for you and your family…

  12. Making place cards is on my list for this morning. Turkey place cards using the kids hand prints. Cute!

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