Thanksgiving Countdown Day 2: Place Settings


As some of you get busy planning your Thanksgiving festivities on this blustery and cold Monday morning, I thought I’d provide some table setting inspiration for you! Many of these ideas I’ve used in years past and some are new ideas I’ve found from other creative bloggers. I tried to pick simple designs that need little expertise and materials…something you can easily conquer while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or maybe while listening to Christmas music on Thanksgiving Eve. I hope one of these 8 ideas inspires you to bring a little fun to your table this year! Enjoy!

1- Childhood Pictures


I created these for our family Thanksgiving table about three years ago! It’s very easy, an extra fun way for guests to find their seat, and a great conversation starter! I found or requested childhood pictures of everyone attending our Thanksgiving meal and then printed them on photo paper. (although you could easily use plain old cardstock, too!) Then I cut and glued them on some dark colored paper. This is a great option if you need something quick and easy but still makes an impression and adds some fun!

2 – Thankful Booklets

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Pardon the quality of the photos…I actually had to dig into my “memory box” to find my own thankful booklet from a few years back! This is by far one of my favorite ideas. Each person gets a booklet with their name written on the front. First, use them to help guests find their seats. Then, at the end of dinner, pass the booklets around the table. Each person should write down something they’re thankful for about the person whose name is on the front. Keep passing until the booklets have made it all the way around the table! At the end of the evening, each person gets to take home a special keepsake full of kind words about them.

3- Burlap & Glitter


Super simple to make yet bringing a touch of the season and glitter (who doesn’t love glitter?!) to your table! I love this idea from Just cut a few squares of burlap, trace leaves from a leaf template (just google leaf template and you’ll find yourself with plenty of free options!), and clip them together with a glittery clothespin. Click on the picture to go the original tutorial!

4- Thanksgiving doodles


How fun is this idea from Clarita over at Skies of Parchment? Just buy some kraft paper and either cut out some placemats or use a long piece as a runner on each side of the table. Use a sharpie to create a space at each setting for guests to write down things they’re thankful for! You can even write the guest’s name somewhere on the placemat. Provide pens, crayons, or colored pencils. Fun for kids to doodle on, too, before or after dinner! Click on the image for more details.

5- Golden leaves


This idea is perfect if you’d like to add a touch of beauty and elegance to your Thanksgiving table that will wow your guests. (it’s okay, we won’t tell them just how simple they were to create!) Find some pretty leaves in your backyard or buy fake leaves at your local craft store and spray paint them with something metallic. She uses gold but silver would be equally pretty! Use a paint pen or sharpie to write your guest’s name once the paint has dried. See the full tutorial over at Wendy’s blog by clicking above.

6- Something Sweet


I used this idea from Good Housekeeping a few years ago! These double as a place setting and a goody for your family to take home! Just whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookies and cut out pumpkins (plain old circles or squares work, too). Use some royal icing to cover the entire cookie and then, once dry, pipe your guest’s names on top.

7- Painted Pinecones


Check out this idea from Just paint the tips of pinecones (send your kiddos out to collect some for you or buy a bag at your local craft store) with some orange, yellow, and red paint. Stamp, write, or print the names of your guests onto tiny slips of paper and stuff into the top of each pinecone. I love this woodsy look! Click the image for the full tutorial.

8- Cornucopia Treats


You can grab everything you need for these delicious treats when you’re out grocery shopping for your thanksgiving meal! All you need are ice cream cones, chocolate chips, and some fall candy to stuff inside. Once again, these double as a favor for your guests to take home. You can attach little place setting cards with a some chocolate on top if you have assigned seats or just set one at each plate without names. See the details from caramel potatoes by clicking above.

Happy Thanksgiving day planning! Check back tomorrow!

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