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28 Simple DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

Set the table in style with one of our easy, unique ways to show guests to their seats this Thanksgiving — including free, downloadable designs and name cards that double as party favors.

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Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table in Style

One of the joys of hosting Thanksgiving is that you get to decide who sits where at your dinner table. Wield this power in style by creating some customizable place cards so everyone will know where to sit. We have editable name cards to make it easy — just download, enter the names of your guests and print. We’ve also got ways you can use nature, like fallen leaves, acorns and pinecones to create cardholders and accents for your place cards. If you’re Thanksgiving setup includes a kids’ table, we’ve also got cute place card ideas that the kids can color and decorate. And as a bonus, some of our place cards can double as napkin rings and party favors. Browse through our ideas to find the perfect way to seat your guests.

First up: craft a fresh herb wreath. We love this classic banner design for a traditional-style table. As a setting for the banner, a 6" twig wreath (about $16 for 10) was wound with fresh rosemary and thyme. To make your own, download the editable banner template, type in your guests' names and print. Use a small pair of scissors to cut out the banner shape, then lay the banner across the wreath at each place setting.

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Photo: Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors . From: Marian Parsons.

Use an Apple to Show Guests The Way

There's something special about using place cards at a get-together, even if it's an informal fall gathering. Create this place card by tying a cute DIY nametag onto an apple stem at each place setting. A few sprigs of fresh herbs add a little color and fragrance, too.

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Photo: Opal & Onyx Photography

Get Creative With Watercolors + Gold Leaf

We are head over heels for the way gold-leaf can effortlessly jazz up place cards for a high-end look. To recreate these pretty papers, drop some watercolors onto the bottom half of premium cardstock. Once dry, handwrite guests' names in pen, then apply the gorgeous gilding.

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Employ Pretty Pumpkins

Look for seasonal snippets from your garden to help transform your dinner table into a bountiful banquet. Here, an elegant mini pumpkin, a sprig of greenery and a dusty-blue napkin are tucked stylishly into a soup bowl to create an oh-so-chic place card arrangement.

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