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Published on Sep 21, 2012
In this Pottery Barn video, entertaining expert Jeffrey Moss shows us how to entertain in style with this setup for a Thanksgiving party. The warm, natural hues of the tablescape can be wonderfully complemented with the help of the rustic Thanksgiving place cards that are shown here.
Jeffrey starts off by saying that Thanksgiving Day is one of his favorite holidays and he loves to gather and give thanks with his family and friends for all the blessings received each year. He hosts a Thanksgiving party to celebrate the abundance of the year with food and drink.
Make guests feel all the more special with unique Thanksgiving place cards made from thin slices of birch logs. These slices are easy to make at home -- all they need are the right set of tools and basic woodworking skills. You can also have them cut at your local hardware store if you provide them with the raw material.
To begin making these Thanksgiving place cards, write out each guest's name in pencil on the slices. Follow your pencil lines with a wood burner fitted with a round point, making marks every quarter of an inch or so till the name is fully burned in. Erase the pencil lines after you are done. These nature-inspired place cards are very easy to make and before long, you will have one place card for each spot at the table.
After your guests have found their seats, these place cards can double as drink coasters. They are also wonderful handmade favors for your Thanksgiving party.