Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards
Decorating for the season can be easy, especially if you do simple fall decor using place cards. What’s even easier is when the place cards are created FOR you and, even better, they are FREE!
Today is our monthly Pinterest Challenge and this week’s inspiration photo not only inspired me to do one decor project, but THREE.
Another BIG “thank you” goes to Cindy from County Road 407! Cindy is awesome and puts this blog hop together for us every month! You are amazing, Cindy!
And, if you are hopping on over by way of my dear friend Paula from Sweet Pea, welcome! As always, Paula’s table settings are gorgeous!
PINTEREST CHALLENGE – SIMPLE FALL DECOR USING PLACE CARDS
Today’s elegant inspiration photo comes from Lindsey Brunk’s Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Inspiration post:Isn’t this an amazing photo? If you check out the whole post, you can see the beautiful fall tablescape in all its glory!
Let me share with you the inspiration I pulled from the photo:
- Copperware place setting (Yes, ‘copperware’ is a word… It’s MY blog! 😉 )
- Fabric napkin
- Linen tablecloth
- Natural elements (greenery and florals and such)
- and, of course, a simple and elegant place card
Gotta be honest with y’all here.
This photo was a bit challenging to plan a WHOLE post around.
I know, right?
So, instead of trying to figure out how to take 100 photos of a place setting of silverware, I decided to take some liberties and create THREE different projects for simple fall decor using place cards (my fave part of the place setting).
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Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Place Setting (Pt 1)
Well, of course, we have to begin with the tablescape from the inspiration image! I wouldn’t be obeying the almighty Pinterest Challenge rules if I didn’t. 😉
Just as in the photo from Lindsey Brunk, my place setting consists of:
- Silverware place setting (the silverware looks MUCH better with the gray base plate than copperware would)
- Fabric napkin, mine is made from a gauze-y fabric, rather than linen (and this one has ‘fringe benefits’… love)
- Natural elements (they’re coming, I promise)
- and, a beautiful name place card, created by yours truly and free to you!
Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Table Setting (Pt 2)
If you have followed MWA for any length of time, you also are probably thinking right now, “Julie doesn’t have a table for a tablescape! What’s she going to do?!” And you would be right!
But, have you ever heard of a “Table for One”?
Well, last year I shared some elements of a single fall tablescape, as well as a summer tablescape for one. It’s always a fun challenge to make dining for one person a wonderful experience!
Let’s take a look at THIS year’s fall tablescape using free printable name place cards. Oh, and do you see the greenery now?
Elevating single dining with just a few simple items makes for an enjoyable mealtime… just ask anyone that has experienced it. Oh, like me! 😉
A table for one doesn’t really take much to bring it to a ‘dining experience’, daaaahling.
- Add a placemat to the table (or tray) or simply put a coordinating napkin on the diagonal, as I did above.
- Use a foundation plate and a smaller plate in coordinating or complementing colors (Guess what, you only have to use the top plate!)
- Add a pretty glass or piece of stemware (this one is from the Hearth and Home line at Target… clearanced!)
- Use a napkin and nice silverware (placing the silverware on the table in a ‘new’ way adds interest).
- Add some pretty seasonal greenery and natural elements.
- A candle is ALWAYS nice!
It’s as easy as that! And let’s not forget the ‘star’ of the table!
Print your place cards and tear the edges a bit, and you’re all set!
Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Thankful Fall Garland
Okay… project number two using printable place cards is a pretty and simple DIY fall garland!
Here’s a never before seen photo of the back of my baker’s cabinet (aka Hoosier).
My baker’s cabinet acts as a dividing wall between the kitchen and living room in My Wee Abode. It’s screaming for a makeover, thus it has never been featured on a post… yet!
But, this is the perfect place for a pretty little garland that can be made in a few minutes.
- String some twine across a bookshelf, windowpane, open shelf or mirror
- Cut out the preprinted place cards
- Using mini clothespins, attach the cards to the twine
- Add some additional loveliness by attaching some natural elements to the clothespin or use colored cardstock as a backing for the place cards!
Lovely, simple, and easy! Voila!
Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Plant Label Picks
And the last project for simple fall decor using place cards is the pretty potted plant labels!
These cute little plant ‘stakes’ were easy to make!
- Cut out your free place cards (you can use the blank ones and add the plant names, or any wording that makes you happy!)
- Using tape (don’t use glue… your cardstock will ‘pucker’,
and paper isn’t any fun to smooch), attach the cards to extra-long popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
- Place in pots or your garden, or even a vase of flowers!
You can even use these to write or print plant names and place in an herb garden!
And a quick pic of my wee porch… this took about 15 minutes to put together! A record for me!The mums were a steal at Walmart! Don’t you just love the vibrant purple with the sweet little baby pumpkins?!
Now It’s Your Turn
So tell me… will you create a fine dining experience when you eat alone… even if it’s once in a while? What about a pretty and quick garland… or some lovely plant labels?
Remember, this is a “blog hop”… so get your bounce on and head on over to my sweet friend Carol’s blog at Bluesky At Home. Carol’s decor never disappoints, and her lovely tablesetting twist is no exception!
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Hi Julie, I love the petite vase and what is the plate/charger under the plate? It has some depth to it which I love! Stopping by the Pinterest Challenge, laura
Hi, Laura… the plate underneath is simply a large dinner plate… it a bit deeper than most, but I think the color and the ivory ring around it give it more depth, too. Thanks for stopping in!
I often create a nice afternoon tea time place setting for myself. It makes it seem like a true treat. I also think COPPERWARE is a word. LOL
Thank you for the gorgeous place card ideas.
Hehe… well I saw lots of people using the word ‘flatware’… duh. I just couldn’t think of the word! Thanks, Laura!
I love your table setting for one, so pretty and what a great idea to treat yourself. Your pretty printed labels and place cards are amazing too.
Thank you so much, Marty… I actually have at least one new subscriber that came from your site! Yay for blog hops!
You came up with great ideas for using your beautiful fall place cards.
It was fun seeing your table for one. Why not make it pretty even if you are dining alone?
I love the garland that you created using the back of your Hoosier cabinet. You know my eyes lit up with I read, “Hoosier cabinet”, and of course I now want to see the front of the cabinet. The back of this cabinet has so much potential and it’s a great spot to use for a seasonal display like you created.
Your third idea to use your place cards in a plant is also a great one. Your My Wee Abode porch looks pretty and very welcoming. I’ll be that your neighbors like to see how you decorate your porch.
Thank you so much, Paula… you and Crissy always leave such kind and well thought-out comments! You are wonderful!
Julie, I just love that you are sharing a free printable. I had to search and make mine. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning for the next time I need a Thanksgiving place card. I just love how you placed all your cards in different places to show us that they can be used other than just at a place setting. Thanks for your inspiration.
Well, thank you, Terrie… I felt like you doing my post. You always share a nice DIY tutorial on your PC! Hugs!
Julie daaaaaahling, your place setting for one is perfect! 🙂 I love what you did with the vase and greenery! And those place card ideas are fantastic. Love the banner and even putting them in your mum… genius! As I scrolled down I just kept saying “oh my gosh, how cute, Oh my gosh, how cute!” Thanks so much for joining us.
Awwww, this was so kind… you really did make my day (lots of people making my day today! LOL!) Always love the Pinterest Challenge and seeing what everyone is doing! You do a wonderful hosting job!
Wooo-hooo! Home run, dahhhhling! 😉 I love the different ways you displayed your pretty place cards. The mum/pick idea is so clever! That would be perfect for Thanksgiving as a little hostess gift. (And yes, those mums are gorgeous.) I also love the garland idea. I don’t often have the option of dining alone, but that does sound like it would be dreamy once in a while! Ha! Pinning, my dear!
You are so funny! Thank you for the wonderful encouragement, and always being there for me! Hugs!
They are ALL very pretty, Julie!
Awww, thanks, Jeanie!
These place cards are just GORGEOUS. I really love the raw edges on them! So cute in that pretty mum, too!
Thanks, Carrie… so easy to give those torn edges to them!
Beautiful printable. I love all the ways you used them.
Thank you so much, Katie! Love hopping with you!
I love all of your creative ideas for using these pretty place cards!
Thanks, Lynne… they were so easy to put together!
Julie, such a darling place setting. Love the gauzy, fringed napkin and the yellow plate. Who needs 2 when 1 is so pretty! The place cards are precious and you know I love place cards. Great to be on another Pinterest Challenge with you.
Thanks, Carol… always fun to do this hop!
Julie, I was thinking that a table for one is always lovely and I’d forgotten that I did that a lot while we were in the trailer (eating on a small silver tray in the bedroom or over watching t.v.). I like all the place card ideas you’ve shared and the cute plant stakes are a fun idea, too!!
Happy fall and happy decorating! Like your room divider and you’ll have to share what you do with your cabinet when you do refinish it. 🙂
Fall hugs to you,
Yes… I often use a tray for my meals… actually, most of the time. 😉 Yes, when I do the makeover on the Hoosier, I’ll be sure to share! Hugs!
These are great, simple and affordable ideas! I saw your post on the waste not wednesday party—thanks for sharing!
Oh, so glad you came by to visit, Amy… Off you visit your blog, as well!
I tried to comment on your site, but I don’t see where the comment box is. 😉
My grandmother was all about place cards and now I am too! Love all these cute ideas. Thanks for sharing and happy day!
Well, thank you, KariAnne! I hope you have a wonderful day, too!
Julie, I love all of the different ways you can use these place cards. The banner behind your hoosier is so cute! And who says dining for one can’t be elegant? I’d love to take a seat at your pretty table and enjoy a quiet (kid free) meal! Pinned!
Hehe… I understand the kid-free meal, and I love my time alone in My Wee Abode. Thanks for the love!
Brilliant ideas, Julie! Only you could come up with 3 ideas out of one simple picture of silverware! BTW I love your silverware on the diagonal across the napkin, and of course, those charming place cards!
Aw, thanks so much, Janet… Your kind words made my day!
Great ideas for how to use printables, Julie! Pinned! And yes, this picture was a challenge because of it’s total simplicity! But I love the variety it produced!
I agree, Lora… it was fun seeing everyone’s twists! Hugs!
It’s so pretty! Such a simple idea and brilliant all at the same time!
Love your table setting!
Thanks, KariAnne… The place cards are quite versatile!
Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!
Thank you so much, Marilyn!
All of the labels and place cards are so pretty and romantic! Such a lovely time of the year!
Yes… I love the fall season, too, Christy! Thanks for dropping in!
Lovely table setting for one and such a clever use of the place cards.
Thanks, Kippi! Have a wonderful day today!
Julie, I love all of the creative ways you used the place cards! So many that I wouldn’t have even thought of. They would make guests feel so special. I love the back of the baker’s cabinet! Such a cute garland. Also, I always love your wonderful pictures (as always!) Thanks for sharing at TFT!
I’m featuring this today at Thursday Favorite Things. Congrats!
Thank you so much, Pam! Always fun to be featured at TTA!
Feeling especially blessed reading your comment, Pam… Photography is such a learning curve, so I appreciate the encouragement! Hugs!
HI Julie! I’m back again to let you know I featured your lovely post at TFT this past week. Thanks for partying with us!
Thanks, Amber! I’m blessed to be featured at TFT this week! (I wanna know about your classes!)
I absolutely love placecards Julie! I really need to use them. I love all the creative ways you used them. Great job with this Pinterest Challenge. Be sure to look for your feature this Wednesday on Charming Homes and Gardens!
Oh, thank you, Kim! So kind of you to feature these super easy cards!
Such a cute idea Julie! Look for your feature tomorrow on Charming Homes & gardens Link Partyl
Oh! Fun!!! Thank you for the feature, Rachel!
I love pretty table settings! Those yellow plates are just right! Have a great day!
Thanks, Jenn! You’re very kind!
Julie, I love all the different ways to use the fun place cards! I would love to be served breakfast in bed on that beautiful tray and table setting! Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks so much, Mary… I just found your comment in my spam… not sure why that happens sometimes. Hugs and hearts!
Absolutely love this, visiting from the charming homes and gardens link party.
Awww, thanks, Corine… Off to visit you now, too!
Very pretty place cards! I love the torn edged paper look also!
Thanks for sharing and linking it up with us on the Embracing Home and Family link-up party. I hope you link-up with us again tomorrow!
Thanks, Cherelle! I enjoy your party!
I love the ideas you came up with! Happy Fall!
Thank you, Marie! Happy fall to you, too!