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There are few holiday tasks more daunting that hosting Thanksgiving dinner. All those people, all those dietary restrictions, and all those expectations! Regardless of how laid back your guests are, we all know that people can be a little judgmental when it comes to things that are so steeped in tradition. In all honesty, 9 times out of 10 I serve things up buffet style and astound people with the fancy disposable plates and flatware I manage to procure (seriously, it’s a skill). I do know, however, that many of you dream about that perfectly executed Pinterest worthy table, complete with seasonal centerpiece and coordinating linens. Not always possible, but a quick and relatively easy way to elevate your holiday table is place cards. Place cards let your guests know that you gave them a little extra consideration and they also make a great keepsake for anyone who likes to save mementos from these type of things.
Place cards also give you a little extra control over you holiday table. You can manipulate your seating chat to keep your aggressively alt right uncle away from your vegan lesbian friend Kate… or not if you want to keep things lively. You can also make sure that any newcomers don’t find themselves ostracized at the far end while everyone else is chatting it up in the middle. I also like to consider guests with any disabilities or who are a little older to make sure that they get up and down as easily as possible, not to mention closer proximity to restrooms.
Thank goodness for the internet, right? Hopefully, this will help you get inspired for your own table. I am, fortunately, off the hook this year as we will be heading to NC to spend some time with Andy’s parents. So I wish you good luck and happy crafting!
I am a little behind with the holiday decorating this year. Our plans were up in the air until recently and I didn’t get the final head count for Thanksgiving until late Sunday night. Fortunately for me, there is the internet. I can browse through blogs and Pinterest until I find sometime inspiring or something so awesome that I have to copy it for myself. Either will do at this point. In case you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, here are some tablescapes and place card ideas to get the wheels turning.
Thanksgiving Tables: House of Brinson
Thanksgiving Table: Eddie Ross
Thanksgiving Table: Rinne Allen & Lucy Allen Gills
Place Cards : Golden Pear
Place Card: Rosemary Wreath
Place Card: Mini Pie
All images are from the links embedded in the titles above them.