Wednesday, November 17, 2010

place card perfection!

Looking to jazz up your place settings this Thanksgiving?  Wow your guests (and make them feel special!) with effortlessly chic place cards, sure to impress even the most discerning mother-in-law.  With all of the other Thanksgiving prep, its hard to fathom yet another element to assemble, however, place cards are the perfect "plan ahead" piece to accessorize a fabulous holiday table.  

Simple is always best, so keep it easy.  Using seasonal produce like pears, lady apples, or miniature pumpkins is an easy way to add a rustic, fresh touch to your table (not to mention you can grab them while shopping for your other dinner ingredients!).  For a touch of elegance, paint your produce ahead of time with metallic paints.  Or, for those of us who tend to wait until the last minute, send the kids into the backyard to gather some fun pine cones or fresh herbs. Tie a festive ribbon, and voila! a clever quick fix.  

The beauty of the well thought out place card is that often it can do double duty for a table and your guests. If you need a little extra time for the turkey, place cards can be the perfect way to distract guests and keep them satisfied.  Use food as an accessory and set out a little personalized cheese basket at each setting.  For the more indulgent crowd, try using wine tag place cards - they will look festive on the table, but also serve as the perfect way for your guests to keep track of their glasses during post turkey celebrations!

Whatever you choose, keep it simple - the fact that you are personalizing each place setting is a special touch in itself.

Here are some ideas to get you started....

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