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5 Festive DIY place card settings for Thanksgiving dinner

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Have a seat!

Thanksgiving dinner is a favorite for just about everyone. Don't leave your guests to squabble over who gets to sit next to the favorite aunt or cousin -- prepare for the mad dash to the dinner table with these pretty, DIY place card settings. There won't be any question about who will be the closest to the big bird!  
Pommegranate place card

 

A little holiday double-duty might be in order for Thanksgiving dinner. These pretty and festive DIY place card settings can help you add to the decor and practicality of the seating arrangements. Everyone will know where they stand, or rather sit, for dinner!

Go nuts with your place cards!

"Going nuts" on decor doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of time (or money) to make these super-cute walnut place cards, courtesy of Martha Stewart. While you're at it, consider using some walnuts to make a delicious apple-walnut bread.

Pear up the seating arrangements!

Another really cute (as well as simple and inexpensive) DIY idea for Thanksgiving dinner place cards from Martha Stewart is this one that incorporates fresh pears into the mix. Pears work nicely, but you could use just about anything you can easily tie a string around. Think apples and mini pumpkins. This recipe for apple, pear and cranberry crisp is perfect for dessert at Thanksgiving.

A place card that can be used as dessert, too!

Make cutout cookies in fun fall shapes (maybe leaves or turkeys) and decorate one for each of your guests, personalized with their names. Try these recipes to get you started. The dough for each can easily be rolled out and used with cookie cutters.

Vegan sugar cookies
Ginger molasses cutout cookies
Basic sugar cookies

Split (pea) up the work!

This is a great way to get your kids to help with Thanksgiving dinner (without actually cooking)! Consider this clever idea courtesy of Centsational Girl: Use dried split peas and glue them to decorative construction paper in the shape of an ear of corn. Add some shredded paper to make the cornhusk, and write the name of each guest on the construction paper using a sparkly or colorful pen. Would you like to serve soup at Thanksgiving? Split pea with cheddar crisps is a nice option.

Colorful layers add to the festivities!

We like this idea from Epicurious: Gather up different sizes and shapes of clear glass jars or votives (one for each place card). Fill them in layers with orange, yellow and green split peas along with red beans or black or brown lentils. Add a twig to the center of each and tie on a pretty paper with your guests' names on each. Start Thanksgiving dinner with a great appetizer: Red bean hummus is a nice, healthy addition to start a new tradition!

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, everyone is eager to take a seat! Be sure you guests know where they're sitting with these lovely place cards. How much better can dinner get?

Try these holiday-inspired recipes

Thanksgiving alternatives to can-shaped cranberry sauce
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The best Mexican Thanksgiving menu and recipes
Tasty twists on Thanksgiving appetizers

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