Monday, November 16, 2009

reader question of the week

reader question of the week:

"I spend Thanksgiving with my husband's extended family, and I'm not much of a cook so I never really contribute anything to our meal.  This year, I offered to make place cards and maybe a few other decorative items, and the host is thrilled (plus I'm glad to finally be contributing something).  I won't have a lot of time to set up when we arrive for the holiday, so I am hoping to come up with a few cute ideas that will travel well and be easy to throw on the table before everyone arrives.  I am a graphic designer so I don't have any problem designing/printing things, but I wanted to see if your readers had any ideas for adding some festive "Thanksgiving-y" touches on a small budget.  Thank you! -Brooke"

9 comments:

Seafoam Project said...

I made cute garlands that I put all over my house that took no time to make: go outside (best to do at night when things are damp) and gather different sized and colored fallen leaves. I also cut small pieces of sage. Get a colored yarn, I used dark and light brown, and cut a good length off, a few feet should be good. Then using a regular sized hole punch, punch one hole on each leaf. String, in no order, the leaves onto the yard. I left a lot of room in between the leaves on my garlands and in random spots tied on bunches of sage. Its super easy and looks great!

Ann Martin said...

Hi Brooke, here's a place card idea: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/09/yarn_quilled_paper_place_card.html

Happy Thanksgiving!

jennifer little said...

Since you are a graphic designer you could make picks that are either tucked into the napkin, sit in the drinking glass or lay on the dinner plate with a name tag glued to the "pick". Your name tag could be anything Thanksgiving-turkey, leaf, etc.. If you made name tags that go in the drink, you could use those adorable paper straws--I know there are some here--http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34614725

missy said...

every year i reuse this little "give thanks" banner that i made with yarn scraps and paper. we also do a thanksgiving tree, which is a fun interactive decoration! the first thanksgiving tree was made of paper, so if you did it on a roll of paper you could unroll the paper and hang it as soon as you arrived.

nina healy said...

How about mini pumpkins for place cards. Write the names on a paper leaf and attach it with some copper wire....

Or a piece of Bittersweet with a paper scroll for names around the branch....

I made gingerbread cookies and cut them out with alphabet cookie cutters using my families initials...I am going to use these for our place cards!

Maybe bring a wooden or glass bowl full of gourds and stick in some mini pumpkin shaped candles to decorate the table. Simple & elegant.

brooke @ claremont road said...

Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! Now the wheels are turning! :-)

Melissa {http://oneluckycouple.wordpress.com} said...

Here are a few table settings that I've done... very easy to take with you and throw together once you arrive. Good luck!
http://oneluckycouple.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/table-setting-ideas

sarah said...

here's an idea for a centerpiece:

http://sarahnielsen.com/2009/11/tutorial-tuesday-autumn-centerpieces/

you could also do it on a smaller scale - ie acorns in a glass votive or baby food jar with the names tied to the jar with twine. good luck!

Cupcakes and Cutlery said...

Paper and Cake has awesome downloadable tablescapes and have a free Thanksgiving one on their blog. http://paperandcake.blogspot.com/2009/11/paper-cake-giving-thanks.html

You could have it all printed at home and ready to go in a suitcase with minimal effort once you arrive.

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