When you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, forget the boring Thanksgiving place cards. Replace them with thankful place cards. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, guests use the included pencil to jot down a few things they are grateful for. Then everyone shares their lists during the meal. (Or reveal the lists with one of the games described later.) Keep reading to download your free thankful place cards and learn about the games.
*The original post was created by Laura from The Experimental Home. Since sharing her idea, she has shut down her blog. With that closure, her images and download disappeared. After several requests for the download, I did my best to recreate her idea and use some creative editing to produce similar pictures.
A houseful of guests for Thanksgiving dinner can be a lot of fun and a lot of work. With so many details to take care of, I like to make things simple. It doesn't get much easier than these Thanksgiving place cards. Not only do they add some color to your Thanksgiving table, but they also provide a great conversation starter for your meal.
How to make Thanksgiving Place Cards -- Editable file version
To use these thankful place cards in your own home, you will need:
- pencils, pens, or markers
- a hole punch
- a color printer
- the free download you'll find near the end of this post
To print your guests' names on the cards ahead of time, use my editable Word file. Instructions for editing the file are included with the download.
Once your cards are ready and printed (4 to a page), cut them out, punch a hole in the top and bottom center, and thread a pencil, pen, or marker through the hole. Place one at each place setting, and you're ready to go.
How to make Thanksgiving Place Cards -- Pdf printable version
If you'd rather not edit a computer file, just print the pdf file included in your free download instead. To add the names, use a sharpie or a white paint marker pen. I like this one and this one. *Affiliate links.
Thankful Place Card Activities
Use the place cards during dinner to find out what everyone is grateful for. I'm sure there are lots of ways to use the cards, but here are two and a bonus game.
Basic Gratitude Discussion
Take turns going around the table and listening to everyone read their cards. Not very exciting, but it is fun to hear people's lists (especially the little kids).
Can you identify a person by learning what they are grateful for? There's only one way to find out!
Collect all of the cards and mix them up. Have one person read one list at a time (without giving the name away). Ask your guests to guess which person goes with which list.
This game has nothing to do with the printable, but we do it every year, and it's really fun!
Starting with the letter A, the first person names something they are grateful for that starts with that letter. The next person uses the letter B, then the letter C, etc. We usually go through the alphabet a couple of times or until people lose interest.
Download your free files
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