I live in the home that I grew up in and so by default and convenience my whole family comes “back home” here to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas together. What was once a family of seven when I was a kid has grown extensively through the years and at times we have entertained up to 46 at one Thanksgiving! Needless to say seating at such times is at a premium and place cards can be a helpful tool when we are trying to get everyone to eat at a more formal table.
One neat, inexpensive idea for place is to use fall leaves as the actual card. Using a chalk board marker or colored Sharpe write a message and/or each guest’s name on the leaf. I am so lucky to have a magnolia tree in front of the house so have used both fresh off the tree green leaves and been-on-the-ground-a-while brown ones from this tree. Magnolia leaves are great for their thickness but any leaf will do. Pair the completed leaves with flowers or ribbons and some nice table linens, such as the ones pictured in this blog from Hen House Linens www.henhouselinens.com, and you have a grand tablescape for your holiday dinner. Now if these people would only stay in their seats…!
Happy decorating, cooking and enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday from our house to yours.
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