As we all scramble to finalize our Thanksgiving preparations, I wanted to share with you this easy DIY place card project. Jordan has an assortment of very old holiday post cards, including some for Thanksgiving. Since she and her husband will be joining us this year, she let me borrow them.
The art work and colors are so beautiful that I decided to make place cards with them.
This is my favorite.
They take me back to the time when we really did go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.
Some are whimsical and some are serious.
The hand-writing is beautiful.
The dates range form 1911 to 1915. Notice the postage to mail this card was one penny.
I took them to the copy store and had colored copies made. Because of their age, there was no problem with copyright laws. I could have had them made smaller, but I decided to copy them in their original size.
I applied contact paper to both sides and then cut them out.
After punching a hole in each one, I will attach them to the napkins with a suede string. Another option would be to have the post cards copied to a 4 x 6 inch size and put them in little frames at each table setting.
I like the way the brown ink blends in with the leaves on this place card.
If you use place cards, it will eliminate some last minute confusion and give you some control over the table dynamics. To keep the conversation interesting at a gathering like Thanksgiving, the way you seat people is important. Experts suggest that it should be man, woman, man, woman, etc., and couples should not sit next to one another. Also, put a lively guest beside a shy one.
I hope you will be able to put your own spin on some DIY place cards. If you hurry, you still have time.