We usually are the host house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and I have always liked coming up with creative little place cards for each dinner setting. I started this tradition when the kids were small. I think they enjoyed seeing their names and feeling important, even though they had to sit at the “little kids” table. Now that they are all grown up and sitting at the adult table, I think they still enjoy seeing their name, even if it is on a baby pumpkin.
Fifteen to twenty years ago, there weren’t many places of inspiration on the internet. No Pinterest, no Instagram and Facebook wasn’t even born until 2004. It was just Google back then. Can you imagine? We just googled for inspiration, how ancient is that? Well, that is how I came up with my first Fall place card name inspiration. I used a free clip art that I dragged and dropped into Microsoft Word, printed them out and cut each one individually. Then I hand printed all 12-15 names on each one and laminated them so that they would last for years. They were little orange and brown turkeys. I think as I ‘upped’ my game of creativity, they have gotten misplaced. The ones below are similar and came after the initial fall place cards.
I love to label about everything so I do own a [affiliate link] Dymo label maker. I have had it for years and it has served me well. That is what I used for the turkey place cards above. Nothing fancy, just cute, fast and simple.
The chalkboard fall place cards were an impulse buy in Michael’s craft store check out line. Those check out lines full of little grab and go merchandise keeps getting longer and longer, don’t they? I mentioned these cute turkeys along with a kids chalkboard paper tablecloth in 6 last minute Thanksgiving decorating ideas.
I found these fall leaves below at the dollar store. It is amazing what you can find at the dollar store around the holidays. I have been to all 4 of mine within a 5 mile radius of our home and they are all very different in what they offer. My favorite one is in our mall and it truly is a dollar store.
I wrote on this one with an [affiliate link] oil-based paint pen in white. Sharpie has a great one.
The most recent fall place cards I made with inexpensive pumpkin decor were so easy and look amazing. Anytime you can personalize something, I say go for it.
The baby pumpkins and squashes came in a netted bag at hobby lobby. They were less than $5.00 for the bag that probably had 10-12 pumpkins and squashes in each bag. As our family has grown, I had to buy two bags. With my 40% off coupon, I thought it was a pretty good deal.
I always try to use what I have on hand first before buying anything. Paint and markers are abundant here in this household and I remembered I received some free samples from [affiliate link] Fusion so I thought I would try their paint for the first time. [affiliate link] Lamp White was the color I hand painted on with a thin rounded paintbrush.
The contrast wasn’t as distinct as I wanted so I reached for my handy dandy Craft smart white oil-based paint pen.
I wanted to show you the difference between the Fusion Lamp White paint and the oil-based paint pen. Personally, I liked the look of the paint pen better. If you would rather use a paintbrush for your names, you could just choose a brighter white paint and I think it will work just the same.
Simply put, pumpkins aren’t the easiest things to write on so it really boils down to if you prefer to write with a paint pen or a paintbrush.
Don’t worry if you mess up with either one. Just have a cloth or damp paper towel and you can wipe it right off before it dries.
The pumpkins I painted with the Fusion paint first, I did not wipe off. I just used the paint pen over the top of the paint.
What’s nice about these baby pumpkins is that you can use them for fall decoration anywhere in the house.
Some of our grown children are living either out of state or country and can’t make every holiday celebration anymore so it is nice to still set them out to let them know they will always have a place at the table and that we are thinking of them.
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