As many of you know, last year over the holidays, we were on the road driving way more than we were visiting with family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, once we got there we had tons of fun but my heart just sank every time we had to watch the clock and load up the dogs to get in the car one.more.time. It was nuts!
This year, I am determined to do whatever I need to do to make sure we have a calm and peaceful holiday season. Part of that process means planning in advance and streamlining anything I can possibly streamline to save time. I don’t know about you guys but I want to be spending my time sipping hot chocolate on the neighborhood nights of lights tour and having a blast at our local tree farm. I want to be making memories with the people I care about. Can I get an amen?
Since we’re hosting a few events this year, I thought I would take a bit of time to work on simple place setting ideas especially those that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The idea I’m going to share with you today is two different seasonal looks using the same tea cup as a place card holder. It’s so simple, no playing, it almost doesn’t even need instructions. Here are all the details you need to know so you can bring an “all is calm” element to your holiday parties this year with this Thanksgiving to Christmas Place Card Holder too…
Tea Cup and Saucer (I’m using the Johnson Brothers ironstone pattern called Royal Mail)
Bleach + Water Solution (you’ll use this mixture to dip the pinecones in)
Scrapbook Paper + Tag Punch OR simply buy tags at the store
Stamp Pad (use color of your choice)
Fresh Pine Needles (just a sprig)
Thanksgiving Inspired Place Setting
Thanksgiving Inspired Charger
Thanksgiving Inspired Napkin
Christmas Inspired Place Setting
Christmas Inspired Charger
Christmas Inspired Napkin
Steps for the Thanksgiving Inspired Place Card Setting:
Make sure you’re using a well cleaned and completely dry tea cup and saucer. I’m using a vintage Johnson Brother’s pattern but you can use whatever you like or have on hand.
Place a little bit of artificial moss into the tea cup. You’ll probably want to do this part outside because the moss gets everywhere!
Buy tags at the store OR use a piece of scrapbook paper (I used one that had a pattern on the back so the pattern would show through during candlelight dinners) and a tag punch to make your own.
I’m making a place card for my mom and sisters all of whom have different initials. You may want to hand write the names of your guests or stamp their monogram on each tag. Simply place the stamp on the stamp pad,
press down (enough to get the ink on the stamp but not so much so that you have ink that seeps), then press the stamp directly onto your place card tag.
This is how it will look…
Soak your small pine cone in a bleach and water mixture for several hours or until you are sure it is pest free. Allow to completely dry overnight. Make sure your small pinecone is free from any outside pests, is clean and thoroughly dry before placing the pinecone on the artificial moss. Use caution and care when completing this step as you don’t want to bring anything harmful from outside inside. Also use caution and care when using bleach mixture reading all directions/instructions as per the label on the bleach.
Tuck the stamped tag just behind the pinecone.
Layering bits of vintage white ironstone with brown and white transferware, green velvet napkin and the tea cup place card holder, the Thanksgiving inspired setting looks like this…
Steps for the Christmas Inspired Place Card Setting:
Using the same tea cup and saucer (you’ll need to clean it completely and make sure it is thoroughly dry) place canning salt into the tea cup at least 3-quarters full.
Place fresh sprigs of pine or cedar inside the tea cup on the “snow” (aka the salt).
Add the pinecone to the fresh springs in the same style you did for the Thanksgiving place card setting,
then tuck the monogrammed place card behind the pinecone. Sprinkle a few bits of salt onto the fresh sprigs so it looks like “snow” has fallen on the sprigs.
By changing out the brown charger for the gray charger, the layered mix of ironstone and transferware for Christmas china and the green velvet napkin for the brown velvet napkin, the Christmas inspired place card setting looks like this…
Can you guys believe you can get two different seasonal looks by using the same place card holder? So fun, right? Let me know if you come up with any color combinations or place settings you’re excited about this season so I can feature them.
See you guys back here tomorrow. The temperatures have dipped just a bit but I’m seeing pictures of snow on social media already. I’ll share some fun things I found around the web this week with a nod to all things cozy cabin!