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Gold Leaf Place Cards for Thanksgiving

This year was my first time ever hosting Thanksgiving at my house. We found out this year that my Grandma has cancer (which is a big part of why I hosted) and I just really wanted everything to be perfect. So, I of course scoured Thanksgiving Pins on Pinterest for hours looking for Pinspiration on everything I could think of from centerpieces, to how to set a table, to place cards, to how to make  a cooking schedule, and how too cook the perfect turkey.  I probably went a little overboard, purchasing new plates and gold chargers as well as table runners, and centerpieces. I pulled out the good stone-ware, platters, and serving bowls . Then I made my menu and the cooking schedule.  But, the main thing I am going to talk about today are the adorable gold leaf place cards!

gold-leaf-place-cards

 

I saw a couple pictures of gold painted leaves being used as place cards and many of them wrote the name right onto the leaf which was cute but I felt like it was missing something. Then I saw a picture of one on Pinterest and thought it was just perfect with the twine and the name tag attached!

Its funny though, I ended up running out of time at the end and forgot to tie on the twine but they still looked adorable. I used a gold permanent marker to write the names on name tags I got from Walmart,

What you need 

All you need to re-create this look is:

Leaves from your backyard,

Gold spray paint, name-tags,

Gold sharpie,

Twine.

The Process

After collecting the leaves you spray paint them, I sprayed mine in two old pizza boxes so I could close them while they dried and they wouldn’t blow away in the wind. I just set the paint can on the box to add weight and keep it closed. When they were dry I placed one gold leaf on each place setting. Then I wrote out peoples names in gold sharpie onto white name tags and laid them next to each gold leaf.

Gold Leaf Place Cards

I made quite a few extra gold leaves so I put several around each of my centerpieces. My centerpieces were just gold rimmed glasses from the dollar store, filled with different colors of popcorn kernels and a tea light candle which were then surrounded by gourds, pears, and fall colored leaves. They were very simple and I loved how they turned out. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a good picture of the centerpieces. This is the best one I got (by zooming in on a full table shot…lol). So you’ll just have to look through a glass and the salt shaker and imagine what it would have looked like from other angles.

centerpieces and Gold Leaf Place Cards

 

Finished Table Setting

Overall, I think the table turned out beautiful and I loved the touches of gold speckled throughout it.  Hosting Thanksgiving was a lot more work and a lot more expensive than I had imagined it would be. But it was definitely worth all the time and effort to see my family enjoying themselves and my Grandma be able to relax a little bit!

Gold Leaf Place Cards Thanksgiving table

The picture I used for my Pinspiration came from activatednest.com although they are not the original source of the picture. From what I could find out the original source may be naptimedecorator.blogspot.com which is no longer up an running.

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