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Sure, Thanksgiving is mostly about the food (it is the greatest meal of the year, after all), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun creating the perfect tablescape. A minimal amount of effort (by yourself or, you know, the kids) will help people get excited about the feast to come before they even sit down. Here, 11 festive ways to help your Thanksgiving guests find their seat. 

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Mini Pumpkins DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards1
Cinnamon sticks and rosemary DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Cinnamon Sticks and Rosemary

Extra bonus? Your table will smell amazing.

Draw on placemat DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Draw-on Placemat

All you need is a roll of brown paper table cover and a white pen. OK, decent handwriting would also help, but if yours is more chicken scratch than chic, then just have the kids write names instead. Adorable.

Fall Leaves DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Colorful Leaves

Autumnal leaves make excellent place cards—especially if you write your guests’ names with a gold marker. (Just make sure the leaves are properly dried out.)

Wheat Straw DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Wheat Stalk

It is harvest season, after all. Don’t have a wheat field outside your house? Grab a bundle of stalks from Pier 1 Imports instead.

Flower in Glasses DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Flowers In the Wine Glass

The weather outside may be frightful, but your table will be bright and cheery. (Top tip: use fake flowers.)

Golden Pinecones DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Golden Pinecones

Again, nice penmanship is useful but it’s not necessary. A spray-painted pinecone with your kids’ writing is both playful and swanky.

Mini Apples DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Mini Apples

Almost as pretty as your apple pie. (Hey, we said almost.)

Bread Roll DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Bread Rolls

Carb cards are our favorite.

Gourd DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Gorgeous Gourds

Grab ’em from your local farmers’ market the weekend before.

Rosemary Wreath DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Rosemary Twig

Hey, you’ll probably have some leftover from making the stuffing, anyway.

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