Today is the last day in the four week series with Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles, Shelley of Crazy Wonderful, Julie of Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss, Becky of This Is Happiness, Katie of Miss Dixie, and Pam of Simple Details and today we’re all sharing some ideas for the dining room!
Stay tuned at the end of this post for a printable for your Thanksgiving table!
Today my theme should be Keeping The Holidays In Perspective…….
This week my laptop battery imploded (I’m hoping the Apple Geniuses can retrieve all my data on here!) AND our stove has decided only one burner is going to work. The week before Thanksgiving!
BUT! Life happens and what did I say about Taming The Holiday Crazy? If all else fails just order takeout and enjoy time with your friends and family!
One of the things I love about hosting the holidays are the little details, especially on a table. Setting your table, or at least pulling together what you’ll need for it, is a great thing to do well in advance so you aren’t a nutcase the day of, and can actually feel organized and together as your family and friends are walking through the door!
Whether your holiday table is fancy or casual, a few simple touches can go a long way to make it festive and special.
One year I had the kids add gold glitter paint to strips of cardstock (it kept them busy while I was cooking!)
and we used them as placecards tucked into pinecones. I saved them in a baggie…….
…..and last year they were clipped to the fresh greens I foraged from the yard with mini-clothespins.
This year I created paper napkin rings with quotes for each place setting. And I made you a printable verstion too!
There are 18 quotes in all, and if you have more than 18 guests for Thanksgiving dinner, just print 2 copies and have a few repeats.
Just print the quotes on cardstock (4 pages), cut on the dotted lines, then wrap around a flat folded napkin and tape the ends in the back. You could even write your guests’ names on them as placecards. You can place the napkins at each place setting on your table, or put them in a basket if you’re serving a buffet.
The best part is that it takes no time at all and you can get it done well in advance!
Now stop by the the rest of the the Fall Into The Holidays posts and see what fantastic ideas these friends have for you!
If you’ve ever had the swollen battery issue too, I’d love to hear how it worked out for you. Was your computer saved? Did you replace the battery? Is it worth salvaging an old laptop? Do tell!
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