Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thanksgiving Place Holder Ideas

Thanksgiving is three weeks from today! Can you believe how fast this year is going? For those of you hosting, I have a three ideas for place holders for your table.

This first idea I used two years ago when I hosted. I saw the idea in Woman's Day and loved it. Each person gets a little paper sack turkey with their name on it and you can fill it with fall candy or whatever you'd like.

Idea #1: Turkey Bags

You will need:
Mini brown paper sacks (found at most craft stores)
Colored card stock paper
Red piping (not sure what it is exactly called, but it is what I used for the gobbler)
Candy to fill the sack

Trim sacks a couple inches. Trace your hand print and then cut out to make turkey feathers. I did a hand print in red, orange, yellow, and brown paper for each turkey. Make a pattern for the head, beak, hat, and front wings and cut out on desired color of paper. Glue everything in its correct place. Cut the gobbler from the piping and curl and glue. Draw eyes using marker. Write the name of each of your guests on the hat of the turkey. Fill with candy and place turkey by the place settings.

Idea #2: Party cracker, Martenelli's, and Ribbon

You will need:
Party Cracker for each of your guests (purchase at party store or make your own)
Ribbon to tie around each plate
Mini-bottle of Martinelli's for each person

Decide your color scheme and then purchase matching or coordinating ribbon to tie around the plates. My sister-in-law did this last year using maroon and gold. She had cranberries in clear vases with candles, as you can see in the picture. I apologize for the terrible quality.

Place the party cracker on top of each plate tied with ribbon. Place a mini bottle of Martinelli's next to each place setting. Cut a small square (about 4"x4") and fold in half. Write the name of each person on the card and place by the Martinelli's.

Idea #3: Indian Corn and Ribbon

You will need:
Mini indian corn

Again, wrap the ribbon in colors that coordinate with indian corn - the traditional Thanksgiving colors - browns, oranges, reds, and golds. Place two ears of mini indian corn on top of each plate. Make a small name tent out of cardstock and stick on the plate by the corn.

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