Saturday, November 13, 2010

Autumn Placecards...What for?

Making placecards for the big Thanksgiving feast seems like just one more thing to do at an already hectic time, especially when everyone nowadays grabs a paper plate and gathers around the T.V. to watch the game. However, I have found that guests really like seeing their name in print on a pretty keepsake arranged around the table. It doesn't take more that a few minutes to do simple ones like the top two shown here. They are just a folded pieces of cardstock with a label and leaf sticker (left) or die-cut labels glued onto wide decorative ribbon. The bottom two placecards have room for a photo and a name. They were made fancier by cutting a half circle on the back of the card next to the fold. I used the Coluzzle system but you could just trace a jar cover with an craft knife to make the cut. Stickers/artificial leaves and embossed sayings complete the placecard. Rubbing the edges with gold or copper ink gave them an antique look. After Thanksgiving you or the guests can use the placecard to embellish a scrapbook page...hey that could be an activity for non-sports-watching guests. In fact, making the placecards could be a good way to keep the kids busy while you are cooking. I hope this entry has given you thoughts about why it is an excellent idea to invest some time in making placecards for Thanksgiving this year. Have a good Gobble Gobble Day!


4 comments:

Shirley N said...

Placecards give a certain elegance to a table and these are beautiful Lynn. And they look simple to make. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheryl said...

These placecards are very pretty Lynn! Great idea for table settings on Thanksgiving. Have a great weekend!!!

Jenny V. said...

Lovely placecards Lynn! What a great way to decorate the table. TFS

Kris said...

These are really gorgeous!! Always wanted to do placecards for special occassions, but my family is so laid back, we are ones to grab a paper plate and either sit and watch the game, or eat outside in the back yard... LOL, i seriously can say they wouldn't even bother looking at it... maybe the next formal gathering i'll be able to do something like that!! TFS! Hugs!