Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner – Place cards

Place cards ~ do they have a place at your table?


If you don’t have them chances are your Thanksgiving guests won’t leave saying…

“Well, the turkey she raised and cooked to perfection & the cranberry sauce she made from her bog of berries & the vegetables she grew from her raised beds & the pie she made from her home grown heirloom apples & the center piece she whittled from a fallen tree in her yard…well, those things were all nice, but…did you notice there were no place cards?!

“I certainly did!!! Can you believe that, no place cards!? Next year it’s Aunt Millie’s!”


No they won’t –  because place cards do not make or break a holiday meal.  That being said, they do elevate the occasion.  Don’t you think?

People like to have a “place”.  They stand around wondering – not wanting to sit in anybody’s spot.  I bet your family has “spots”. Mine does. So place cards at a holiday meal not only elevate, but take out the guess work.

These place cards are easy to make, and dare I say, are lovely! This is what you need:


  • Cinnamon sticks
  • stiff twine or thin cording
  • ribbon
  • flowers and/or greenery
  • a small tag
  • hole punch
  • pinking shears (if u want to get snazzy!)

Slide the twine or cording through the cinnamon stick and tie the ends together at the mid point.

Insert the flowers and/or greenery in to the end with the bigger gap.  Trim ends if needed.



Add ribbon, twine or other embellishment & tie.  Add hole punched tag with name & tie again.



Wasn’t that easy?  If you don’t use any glue, which you don’t need & I didn’t. You can reuse the cinnamon stick to make your house smell great.  Click here to learn how.


These place cards will have a place on my table this Thanksgiving along with our traditional Thankful Cards.

You’ll want to see what all the other bloggers have planned for Thanksgiving so do take the Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner Tour. What fun! The links are below.

** Kelly **



Please visit the following blogs:

Thursday, November Fourteenth:

Printables -

Worthing Court

Mom 4 Real

Decor -

Just Paint It

Making Lemonade

Centerpieces -

The Everyday Home

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Table Decor and Ideas –

Creating This Life

My Soulful Home

Major Hoff Takes a Wife

Drinks -

Southern Color

Deja Vue Designs

Appetizers -

Our Southern Home

Sweet Pea

Friday, November Fifteenth:

Soups –

Town and Country Living

Just Us Four

Salads -

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Fresh Idea Studio

Main Dishes -

Designed by BH

First Home Love Life

Side Dishes -

All Things Heart and Home

Desserts –

Domestically Speaking

Lilacs and Longhorns

Parting Gifts -

House on the Way

Dukes and Duchesses

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  1. What a beautiful place card you created! It also is a wonderful favor for each guest to take home to enjoy.

  2. Those are SO lovely and unique. Little works of art! It’s been fun participating in the Virtual Progressive Dinner with you, I’m pinning these gorgeous place cards for later.

  3. You are so funny my friend! “Whittled a centerpiece from a fallen tree in her yard”, I love it!
    And, your creative place cards are super! Cinnamon stick scented too. xxoo

  4. Beautiful!
    Now I’m going to get back to whittling that centerpiece from the tree limb that fell in my backyard. lol You crack me up, Kelly! :)

  5. So pretty Kelly! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very pretty! And I love your dishes! Thanks for sharing! -Sara @Major Hoff Takes A WIfe

  7. Very pretty! Love the flowers and the cinnamon stick combo! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What lovely place cards! A beautiful way to greet the guests!

  9. Simply gorgeous! So fun being apart of the virtual dinner with you!

  10. These are beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing how to easily make them! Happy Thanksgiving! ~Christy (sharing!!)

  11. Great idea. I love that you used cinnamon sticks for the “vase” portion.

    So happy to be part of this virtual dinner with you.

  12. How very pretty and creative Kelly. Love it! And now I miss my pinking shears :) Love your china and the rattan place mat. Ohh, I’m just inlove with this :) x

  13. I’m considering place cards for the very first time this year. Thanks for the idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Love these simple yet pretty place cards!

  15. These are just delightful! The idea could be used for any season, thanks so much for the inspiration…xo

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