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Easy Thanksgiving to Christmas Place Card Holders

Today, we’re sharing an easy Thanksgiving to Christmas place card idea!

Creating a Plan for a Calm and Peaceful Holiday Season

This year, we’re determined to do whatever we need to do to make sure we have a calm and peaceful holiday season.

I know so many of you feel the same way after this wild ride of a year. 

Part of that process means planning in advance and streamlining anything we can possibly streamline to save time.

I don’t know about you but I would much rather spend my time sipping hot chocolate by the fire, taking in a neighborhood nights of lights tour, and making spirits bright. 

The transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas is such a short one, so we’re always looking for ways to make the weeks leading up to Christmas as stress-free as possible.

This project is two different seasonal looks using the same teacup as a place card holder. It’s festive yet is super simple. 

Here’s a look at all the details of how you can bring an “all is calm” element to your holiday table with an easy Thanksgiving to Christmas place card holder this season too…

Thanksgiving to Christmas Place Card Holder Supplies:

  • Teacup and Saucer (I’m using the Johnson Brothers ironstone pattern called Royal Mail)
  • Small Pinecones
  • Bleach + Water Solution (you’ll use this mixture to dip the pinecones in)
  • Scrapbook Paper + Tag Punch OR simply buy tags at the store
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Stamp Pad (use the color of your choice)
  • Canning Salt
  • Artificial Moss
  • Fresh Pine Needles (just a sprig)
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Inspired Place Setting (complete with charger, napkin, dishes, and flatware)

Thanksgiving Inspired Place Card Holder Steps:

Make sure you’re using a well cleaned and completely dry teacup 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 teacup. You’ll probably want to do this part outside because the moss gets everywhere!

Stamping Place Card Tags:

Buy tags at the store OR use a piece of scrapbook paper.

We used one that had a pattern on the back and a tag punch.

Feel free to keep this project as simple as possible though. 

I’m making a place card for my mom and sisters all of whom have different initials.

You may want to handwrite 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…

Prepping the Pinecones:

Soak your small pinecone 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 the bleach mixture, taking care to read all the directions/instructions as per the label on the bleach.

Putting the Thanksgiving Place Card Holder Together:

Tuck the stamped tag just behind the pinecone and you’re good to go.

After layering bits of vintage white ironstone with brown and white transferware, green velvet napkin, and the teacup place cardholder, the Thanksgiving-inspired setting looks like this…

Steps for the Christmas Inspired Place Card Setting:

Using the same teacup and saucer (you’ll need to clean it completely and make sure it is thoroughly dry) place canning salt into the teacup at least 3-quarters full.

Place fresh sprigs of pine or cedar inside the teacup 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.

Change 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 will look like this…

Can you guys believe you can get two different seasonal looks by creating these Thanksgiving to Christmas place cardholders?

I’m so thankful for things that are quick and easy and stress-free during the holidays, aren’t you? ?

Let me know if you come up with any fun combinations or place settings you’re excited about this season. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Other Holiday Tablescape Ideas to Enjoy:

Many blessings,


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  1. I think that L is for Lili! Looks awesome

    1. Busted! Thanks so much lady. L for LiLi er’day 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  2. These are gorgeous and so easy to make too! Thanks for the great idea!

    1. You’re very welcome, Sarah, happy to help! Hugs, CoCo

  3. I’ve always wondered how bloggers in warmer climates make it look like snow and now I know it’s SALT! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself. Thanks for the insiders secret!

    1. ha ha we have plenty of secrets just like this Jen! Which is kinda of scary, right? I’ll have to see if I can’t put some of them together for a post. Have a great day, CoCo

    1. I actually got this transferware a few years ago as one of my big gifts and it makes me think about the holidays every time I pull it out. No worries at all, I see there’s a little piece of tape on the back of one of the plates that has your name on it 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  4. What a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. Thank you so much, Ann, I really appreciate it. Hugs, CoCo

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