Thursday, November 29, 2012

Silverware Place Card Tags

A week ago today, Jesse and I hosted eighteen guests for our first Thanksgiving at the new house.  We had guests from age two to age ninety one, two turkeys, all sorts of tasty sides, and a table (okay... a conglomeration of folding and wooden tables) set for twenty.  As you can see, I nixed the wrapping-paper-as-table-runner idea at the last minute when I realized it made the differences in table widths more pronounced...

With that many guests, I wanted to have assigned seating to cut down on chaos as we sat down.  I sat the vegetarian crowd close together for sharing of veggie sides.  My dad and Jesse sat next to each other, since they were the ones who showed the most interest in fried turkey.  I should have thought to give the leftys seating at the end of the table, but, hey, there's always next year.

Before the crowds arrived, I tied up forks, spoons, and knives into bundles with blue raffia and attached a name tag (gift tags from the craft store).  My mother-in-law lent us the silverware - twenty sets of silverware from her "party stash".

Overlook the wrinkled tablecloths, please...

...and behold an easy, safe idea for place cards (for a dangerous idea on making place cards, see last year's Thanksgiving place card holders).

Nix the orange and the turkey and these are ready to go for your Christmas table!  Stay homey!


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