Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Make Thanksgiving Place Cards

Place Cards

It’s likely you may find your family table a little fuller this Thanksgiving as relatives & friends head in. What better way to help them find their seats (& make them feel important & comfortable) than to make place cards – you know, special little cards with the guest’s name printed in front of the guest’s seat or place setting! Oh, yeah, these also work great to keep those feuding uncles separated or busybody aunts (you know the type, probing about any upcoming wedding news in your future) out of harm’s way… You know me, ever the peacemaker. =)

Create your own cards on the computer or handwrite ‘em. Remember that place cards can double as favors or mementos, if you so choose. Cards are most often placed above or on either side of the place setting or on the plate itself.

You can find printable thanksgiving themed place cards at HGTV’s website HERE.

Embellishment Ideas…
-use scrapbook or other specialty paper(s)
-add a seasonal sticker or 2
-glue on a faux or real autumn colored leaf
-draw turkeys, pilgrims, & the like around the border
-hot glue on an acorn or 2
-add some glitter
-add a Bible verse to the cards (this is one of my favorites + one I’ve done in the past)

Out of the Box Ideas…
-use a photo of each person instead of writing out names (you could even find small inexpensive frames to place them in)
-write each name on a small pumpkin &/or gourd & place on or above/beside each plate
-write it real fancy on a decorative paper napkin
-write each name on a lovely autumn leaf
-ice it on a cookie
-write it daintily on a ribbon & tie it to something (say an apple stem (connected to an apple, of course=), around an orange, stem of a glass, cutlery, etc.)
-use a disposable tablecloth & write names directly on it (you could even leave pens on the table with instructions for guests to leave little notes on what they’re thankful for)

Bible Verse Ideas...
“Praise be to the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
–Ephesians 1:3

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
-1 Chronicles 16:34

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving & His courts with praise; give thanks to Him & praise His name."
-Psalm 100:4 NIV (our current memory verse of the moment=)

“For everything God created is good, & nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” -1 Timothy 4:4

“Let us come before Him with thanksgiving & extol Him with music & song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”
–Psalm 95:2-3

Love & Blessings,

P.S.: Psst!  Did you happen to notice a special event here at Bess' Bag is only days away!  I can't wait!  You'll hear more later...  Shhh!


  1. Thanks so much! I am so doing this!

  2. This is such a cool idea! I think I'll make them this year :) Thank you for sharing the verses :)



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