It’s been a little crazy around here trying to get last minute Halloween stuff sorted out (I’ll post pictures of Halloween later), but since November is almost upon us, it’s probably time to start discussing Thanksgiving. We don’t go very fancy at my house for Thanksgiving. Usually we just hang out, cook some food and munch. However, if you are going to be holding a more formal Thanksgiving day meal, then holiday place cards are a nice touch.
You’ve got two choices when it comes to place cards – buy them or make them. It’s better, and more fun to make your own, but if you do purchase some look for place cards made with non-toxic, recyclable and reusable materials. You want to buy place cards that will either recycle in whole or that will suffice for the long haul and all sorts of events. Basically, you’re not looking for just turkey shaped place cards that only work for Thanksgiving. Here are some options:
Bird Cheese Markers – these aren’t meant to be place cards, but I think they’re an awesome idea for marking seats. The markers from Beehive Kitchenware will stand up nicely if you place them in a small personal sized pumpkin pie, or another sturdy object and they’ll look so cute. Made with lead free pewter with stainless steel tines. Comes with additional standard paper labels so you can write your own or print from your computer. Best of all you can use these forever, for all sorts of cool parties.
Reclaimed Slate Coasters – These fun coasters are made with reclaimed chalkboards from Franklin Elementary School in Quincy, Illinois. Your child (or you) can use these as little place card coasters, decorating them with pretty leaves and names. These coasters also features reclaimed wine cork feet to keep them from slipping and scratching the table.
Autumn Leaf Plantable Place Card – I don’t like the bow, but I do like the idea of using these pretty leaves as place cards. Luckily, the person who makes these seems open to ideas, so you could go no bow and choose different colors. You can write the names of guests on these, use them to mark seating and then later plant them in your garden to grow wildflowers. Or send them home with Thanksgiving guests as little plantable favors.
Make homemade eco-friendly place cards:
Really, you can make homemade place cards out of so many natural and/or recycled items that your possibilities are endless. Be creative. Here are a few ideas to get you going…
- If you need take-away favors and place settings, I love the idea of using small recycled cans as little herb pots. If you get started now, you’ll have nice little herbs in time for Thanksgiving. You can have kids decorate the cans and add people’s names.
- Gather recycled wine corks. Make a small slit in the top of the smaller end and stick a slip of recycled heavy weight card stock into the top for labeling.
- Cute idea for using tiny pumpkins or gourds for place markers.
- Really adorable recycled turkey place card holders.
- Gather fallen pine cones. Clean well, then coat with clear, non-toxic glue and sprinkle evenly with glitter. Place small name slips of recycled paper between the cone spaces.
- Use homemade organic flour dough to form place holders in any shape you choose. You’ll have to use a permanent marker or paint to get the name on though. This is a good project for the kids though.
- Make homemade organic sugar cookies (maybe in leaf shapes) and decorate them with names. Place one near each table setting. Use this organic sugar cookie recipe.
What other ideas for homemade place cards do you have?