Thanksgiving Tables and Place Cards

I cannot believe how fast Thanksgiving snuck up on me.
I confess. I did not even get any of my fall decorations out. 
I might as well just zip on into the Christmas stuff. But not until we get back home.

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Right now I’m working on place cards for Thanksgiving.
And if you need a last minute idea, then this is for you.

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We just cut down a little sapling from the backyard. A thick branch would work too. 
Then we chopped it up into little chucks with the chop saw. And by we, I mean he.

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And then HE used the Dremel tool to make little slits. 
All he had was a metal cutting disc but I’d recommend one for wood. 
It took a bit of effort which isn't really safe.

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I printed out the cards on some olive green card stock. I downloaded a brush set from Shadowhouse Creations that had a variety of tree silhouettes. Easy peasy. Except for a little printer glitch. There is always a glitch it seems.

Those of you that have been around here for awhile might remember me mentioning our big Thanksgiving feast that we have at my sister’s house in Jacksonville.
We’re down to 24 this year.

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We like to eat outside under her big old oak trees. But Thanksgiving 2011 was too windy.

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We had to move it indoors and the table overflowed with kids in the kitchen!
I think we were over 30 last year.

Here is what it looked like outside for Thanksgiving 2010.

And then back in 2009 we were able to set up outside as well.

Place cards can be really simple to do. They have to be when you make so many!

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I hope we can be back under the oaks this year.

I’ll let you know if the weather holds out!
What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?
Will it be big and loud or small and quiet?

And come back later this week. Skyland Drive has something to share with you all!
Think Black Friday or Cyber Monday.


  1. I love the way they turned out! It looks like so much fun to have that many family members together. It will just be my little family together on Thanksgiving. But this year we add one more place at the table. Well, she won't be eating with us, but Evelyn is sitting in her high chair now. Lots to be thankful for.

  2. I remember your huge Thanksgiving last year! What an amazing table! Love your placecard holders, what a fun idea! And gotta love how "we" turns to "he"! I didn't think those were your hairy knuckles:)

  3. those place cards and their holders are so lovely!!!!

  4. Love the placecards! Going to make them for our dinner, what a great idea. And we can use them for photos or Christmas cards too!

  5. Anita,
    The little placecard holders are very cute and thrifty too. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to enjoy it out under the oaks.


  6. Happy Thanksgiving!
    I believe each of us have something to be thankful for no matter what our circumstances are.
    And your placecard holders are beautiful,
    so natural and green.


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