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How-to: Creative Thanksgiving Placecards

Submitted by on November 7, 2010 – 9:52 pm3 Comments

Editors Note: I don’t know about you, but my creative juices start flowing when the holidays approach. I will be sharing some of those fun ideas in the coming weeks. Disfruten!

I am the youngest of six siblings. Five of us are girls. Before you start feeling sorry for my brother, be sure to factor in that this was a Cuban household and we girls were groomed to serve, but that’s not important right now.

When we “do” Thanksgiving, my sisters and I all bring our creative touches to the celebration.

Sometimes we vary. Last year I made that gorgeous Guavalicious Turkey.

Some of the other things we do is that we post the menus. (When I say “we,” I mean “me.” I am definitely The Creative One in the family.)

There must always be some kind of centerpiece.  These things I do in deference to my mother, who loves to set a beautiful table.  We want the family to feel welcome and warm in our home.

So there must be placecards. Everyone has a place at the table and there Must. Be. Placecards.

Sometimes being The Creative One takes its toll and I feel like I don’t have a creative bone in my body. It was at one of these creative low points that I came up with these very different and fun placecards.

  • I went to Costco and bought two giant bags of apples.
  • Using my computer and Photoshop Elements (you can probably do this in a word program), I printed every family member’s name, spaced about 2 inches apart on an 8 1/2 x 11 size document. And I used a digital paper pack bought and downloaded from Designer Digitals.
  • I used a 98 point font size and chose a classic typeface for the names, printed out the sheets on cardstock and cut them into slightly-smaller-than-business-card size.
  • And then…..(wait for it)… I cut about a 2 inch slice into each of the apples at the top, and placed the name cards in the slot.

Genius, right? Super simple, but very high on the Amazing Meter. Seriously, they looked really cute and everyone was loving on them. (I took my bows with great humility, of course.)

I know you’re asking, “But, Marta, what happened to all of those ‘wounded’ apples?”

I’ll post the recipe for my favorite Crunch Top Apple Pie on Wednesday. =D

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