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Place Cards

Here's phase one of my Thanksgiving table decor: a little handmade place card idea for you!

Being a lover of both food and food photography, this idea I saw on Pinterest of repurposing the gorgeous food pics from my favorite magazines really spoke to me.  I immediately began to envision how I would work it into my rustic Thanksgiving table.

Using the prettiest, moodiest food images I could find, I simply glued the magazine pages with Mod Podge onto pieces of sturdy kraft cardstock.

I wanted to make this idea my own while still keeping the process and the overall design simple.  Simple and rustic; that's my jam.

I found these flour sack napkins at Homegoods for pennies and just could not pass up the gorgeous mustard yellow color.  It says "fall" to me and simply makes me smile.  

Wanting to incorporate a natural element, I initially thought I'd use little acorns.  But then (get this) I couldn't find any!  Apparently I'm not the only one, as acorns seem to be in short supply this year and last.  What I found in abundance, however, are these little sycamore seed balls that seem to multiply on my parents' deck.  Side note: my daughter has taken to calling them "ow-ows," a literal interpretation of the way they feel under her bare feet.  These were my mom's suggestion and once I pushed the acorns out of my head, I came to like these even better.  It was a good reminder to use what's seasonal and available -- it always turns out best!

With the addition of another bit of kraft paper and an initial, each tag was personalized.  You could also write out names if you don't happen to have different first initials around the table as we do.

I used paper string to tie the tags around the napkins and secure the seed balls.  I think the tag above is my favorite; naturally, I assigned it to my handsome husband.

I plan to use white plates and let these napkins shine in the center.

Babies deserve to have a special place setting for the holidays, too, don't you think?

As I mentioned in my planning post, it's nice to get these little non-perishable details done in advance.  This project was fun and really low on time-consumption.  Do you have any personalized details in store for your guests?  Please share!