pumpkin place markers

by Amy on 10 November 2010

with thanksgiving coming up, many of you are hosting family + friends for the holiday dinner. depending on how many people you have, you may want to use seating cards at the table, as that makes the issue of who-sits-where a bit easier for everyone.

at just 50 cents a piece, i picked up a bunch of these mini white pumpkins in the middle of october, + they are still looking great (who knew they’d last so long?!). i realized that these could be used instead of traditional seating cards to give the thanksgiving table a bit more of a seasonal feel, + i tried three different ideas with them.

1. monogram ’em. this would work well for us, as almost none of our immediate family members have the same first initial. if that’s a problem in your family, consider trying two or three initials. i painted half of them gold with acrylic paint, then used a sharpie to add the initial. cute, easy + inexpensive, but still chic.

2. use them as placecard holders: cut a small angled slit in the top of the pumpkin. cut out appropriately-sized cardstock, scribble down name, insert into the cut you just made. voila!

3. tag ’em: cut cardstock into shape you like, punch a hole in the end with a holepunch, scribble down name on tag. cut a length of coordinating baker’s twine, attach to tag, wrap free ends decoratively around pumpkin stem.

there you go! three easy techniques to transform those adorable mini pumpkins into something useful! also, your guests can take their pumpkin home after dinner, as a nice personalized favor.

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1 Mollie November 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

super cute idea!

2 beth November 10, 2010 at 10:24 am

love it! wish I could do something like this, but since our Thanksgiving family dinners consist of 40+ aunts, uncles, and cousins, I’m afraid it would be a bit too much work 😉

3 amy November 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

wow, that’s a ton of people! do you host it? if so, you are a saint. =) our dinner usually consists of 14-16, so it’s much more manageable for us. hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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