Giving Thanks Place Setting

 

Give thanks with your place settings

Of all the holidays I think Thanksgiving is the best. Well maybe it just has the potential to bring out our best if we take the time to truly show our thankfulness.  One way to do that? Individualize place mats for your Thanksgiving dinner table with a personal note! Let each of your guests and family members know just how grateful you are to have them in your life!

Thankfulness note placemats

I’m thrilled to join with 10 other bloggers in a Thanksgiving blog hop hosted by Elizabeth Joan Designs. Thanks so much for having me ladies! I’m glad I get to share a project with purpose for the Thanksgiving season!

Craft paper place mat table setting

Holiday table setting

I’m having a great time creating these table place settings! Although, I admit I’m not much a holiday celebration kinda gal. But I love sharing a project with purpose! Giving thanks, showing gratefulness and love is the kind of decoration that is well worth the effort!

Plus there is the added value of teaching the kids where each dish and utensil belongs in a place setting! Take it, it’s a great teaching moment!

DIY Paper placemats

Paper place mats with outline

Cover the outline + label with the actual dishes, and just before taking up the food have your guests pick up their plate to reveal the personal notes beneath!

You can choose to cover the outline + label with the actual dishes, and just before taking up the food have your guests pick up their plate to reveal the personal notes beneath! And of course you can still see the outline with the utensils and glasses atop which makes for a cute design! This is also a great solution if you are doing it buffet style.

 

Table setting outline utensils

 

Steps and Supplies

Ready to start this project? Here are the basic supplies you will require. And if you have a decorative wrapping paper you want to use as well, it will make it all the more beautiful! I could not find the exact polka dot paper roll I purchased, but I found a beautiful alternate for you!



 

STEPS:

Either use paper and plastic goods to trace, or have a clorox wipe handy after each trace to immediately wipe off the marker, then put your dish to wash like normal.

Give Thanks Place Setting

I love that the brown paper acts to protect my white tablecloth and can be thrown away after. In case you were wondering where I found the polka dot brown wrapping paper, I believe I found it either Home Goods or TJ Maxx… I can’t remember. I’m a wrapping paper hoarder (and I don’t even wrap gifts!) for all manner of projects.

Brown paper roll

Instead of running the paper down the length of the table (like a runner), I ran two strips across the width of the table and created a place setting at each end. TIPYou can cut your craft paper to the width desired and make multiple runners if you have many guests, or consider cutting out actual place mat size!

Paper roll as table cloth

 

Thanksgiving tablescape

If you have kids, get them involved. What kid doesn’t love a crafty project? And what Grandparent wouldn’t love to see their grandchild’s handwritten note under their plate?

Giving thanks place setting

Often we get caught up in the celebration of the holidays and miss the point. As much as we love decorating for our guests, preparing a large feast (of which we I plan to over-indulge), and the fun of the gathering… Sometimes we overlook the opportunity to say a little something from the heart. Don’t do that this year…let them know, even if it is only a whisper in the ear. 😉


Sometimes we overlook the opportunity to say a little something from the heart. Don’t do that this year…let them know, even if it is only a whisper in the ear.

 


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29 Comments on Giving Thanks Place Setting

  1. Amelia Woodbridge
    November 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm (7 months ago)

    This is a great idea – so nice to show those coming to dinner what you love about them and why you are grateful for them in your life. Love that it’s quick, easy and adds character to the table Thanks!

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  2. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    October 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm (8 months ago)

    I LOVE this idea!!! What a lovely way to make your guests feel special and loved :)

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    • Ursula Carmona
      October 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you Emily! That’s the hope! 😉

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 26, 2014 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lory!

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  3. Lynn
    November 26, 2014 at 7:19 am (2 years ago)

    This is such a great idea and I love it. I love little personal notes & this is such a great way to add that to your day!!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 26, 2014 at 10:10 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Lynn! I think it is really important that the festivities of the holiday have meaning and purpose! It’s just one more little way to tell those we love just how grateful we are for them.

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  4. Jamie | anderson + grant
    November 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! This is such a unique and special idea. I loved seeing your process in action!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh thank you dear! I hope it will inspire people to find meaning in their decor! 😉

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  5. Betty
    November 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this idea, especial your little animated image. Thanks for taking the time to make it beautiful.

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw, thank you Bettina! Yeah, I’m a sucker for fun functions… 😉 Thanks for popping over girly!

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  6. I already commented but wanted to come back and ask if you would link this to my Friday Favorites- party goes live tomorrow evening! laura

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw, thank you for asking Laura, I will be sure to do that! 😉

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  7. Kara
    November 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE this idea! Unfortunately, our turkey day is too big to have place settings but I would love to figure out a way to incorporate this idea into our buffet party style!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Ah, yep, I’ve had a couple holidays like that! 😀

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  8. cassie
    November 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    such a fun setting, ursula!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Cassie! 😉

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  9. Lindsay @ Vegan Yumminess
    November 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE this idea, Ursula!!!! This is clever, thoughtful, meaningful, and very creative. Can’t wait to try it. :)

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw, thanks Lindsay! Wow, I was just about to pop over to your blog for a recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth! Haha! 😉

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  10. Gosh I love this! Especially the gif! So cool

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Julia! I’m totally having a great time learning to create gif’s!

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  11. Amanda @ dwellinginhappiness
    November 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful idea!!! I seriously love this. Such a great way to show your gratitude for each special guest! And it’s so personal. And that polka dot paper is perfect! :)

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw thanks! I’m a big fan of polka dot these days too! lol!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Mary!

      Reply
  12. Amy W
    November 12, 2014 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    I love writing on craft paper for table settings! Loved your video, too.

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you dear! Can you believe that wasn’t a video? It is a gif of all the pictures I took as I was doing it. Sneaky right? 😀

      Reply
  13. Emily
    November 12, 2014 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

    Ursula, these place settings are absolutely adorable! Such a sweet idea. Love the polka dot paper!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      November 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Emily! And thank you for letting me join in the blog hop!

      Reply

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