3 creative thanksgiving place cards

I know many of us will be hosting plenty over the next couple of months, which is super fun and exciting but it can also be stressful.  So I’m sharing some place cards I’ve used in the past for our Thanksgiving tables in the hope to inspire you and help you design a beautiful table.

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 It’s these small details that can make a huge impact but the trick with these “small details” is to start early so they don’t become “big pain in the butt & stressful details”.

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I’ve started the tradition to make the place cards preform double duty.  A place card and also our gratitude journal for the day where we can write what we’re thankful for and share it with our friends and family around the table.
§ silhouettes

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One of my absolute favorites was using Thanksgiving themed silhouettes on large shipping tags.

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I tied them to pine cones at each place setting and all our guests took theirs home as a memento since they loved them so much.

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I reprinted some of them so I could create a garland banner with the four from our family.   I love silhouettes so this was so much fun to create and share with all our guests.

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§ vintage post cards

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Other graphics I love include vintage post cards.

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I found a whole bunch online that I could use for free for personal purposes.

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I added everyone’s name to a different image and placed them at each place setting using a gardening frog.

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This just added another fun little detail.
§ tags

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 This last one requires the least amount of work if you are not savvy around the computer, altering images and|or printing custom items.

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Just purchase some decorative tags, I chose kraft paper tags, and slide them into pretty envelopes where you can write each guest’s name.   I stamped the names on my envelopes but you can use a gold or silver sharpie or whatever pen you choose.

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I chose vellum envelopes because it provides a glimpse inside without showing you the whole thing.  just a little bit of suspense.

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it is a wonderful ritual to have everyone write down what they are thankful for.  Then we go around the table and share our gratitude and blessings with everyone.  It makes for great conversation and it reminds everyone of why we all gather around the table and share this food together and make these memories.  I love reading them from year to year and see how my kids’ handwriting has changed and their thoughts have matured.  It makes for great memory keeping and jazzing up your thanksgiving table.
I have some ideas for this year & will share real soon.
“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.”
~Nigel Hamilton~

 sharing @:

vintage charm @ our hopeful home 

home & garden @ a delightsome life 

share your cup @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson 

home-sweet-home @ the charm of home  

inspiration gallery @ craftberrybush

share your style @ 21 rosemary lane 

feathered nest friday @ french country cottage

morning up joe @ the cottage market 

friday feature @ oh my heartsie girl  

create-bake-grow-gather @ shabby art boutique  

funtastic friday @ olives-n-okra 

style showcase @ designthusiasm 

farmhouse friday @ the painted hinge  

bff open house @ answer is chocolate  

saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes

a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive   

scraptastic saturdays @ scrapality   

saturday blog hop @ sunny simple life   

 sundays at home @ love of home  

dishing-it-digging-it @ rustic & refined  

diy party @ diy show off 

the creative corner @ curly crafty mom

nifty thrifty sunday @ nifty thrifty things  

amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of your home  

met monday @ between naps on the porch

the scoop @ stonegable 

inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia   

celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations  

mmm @ keeping it simple crafts  

inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life

tuesdays with a twist @ stone cottage adventures 

reader tip tuesday @ jodie fitz  

talk of the town @ knick of time 

wow @ savvy southern style  

great ideas @ fluster buster


  1. Carrie says:

    love your silhouette images, Do you mind telling me where I can find them to download?
    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Ruth Ann says:

    Your Thanksgiving table looks beautiful! I want to come to your house for Tday! 😀 Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  3. Hi carrie- I sent you an email. I hope that helps you. Let me know if you need anything else. xo- mj

  4. Thank you so much! And you are most welcome to join us. We love hosting! xo- mj

  5. Kathleen says:

    I used to make all the place cards for our large family Thanksgiving dinners while growing up — my mom and dad hosted it at our house. I was always so proud of them. Yours are fabulous — I love the silhouettes the best. Thanks for the ideas! And thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm:)
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  6. Jann Olson says:

    All are so great, but I love the ones tied to the pinecone! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Sherry says:

    Very pretty! This is my style. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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