Hi friends! I’m so excited today, because I’m part of a chain of projects and recipes that’s going to help you throw the perfect Friendsgiving (or Thanksgiving) celebration! A bunch of my most creative, talented, and just-plain-amazing blogger friends and I have the most delicious blog hop for you, to help you cover everything from drinks to decor to food for your holiday celebrations. (Be sure to get to the end of this post for links to everyone’s ideas!) And lucky me — I got to do the flowers! Here’s how to make mini bouquet Thanksgiving place cards.
How to Make Mini Bouquet Thanksgiving Place Cards
- Flowers — use your favorite or forage in your neighborhood for something pretty
- Small vessels (egg cups, shot glasses, sugar bowls, etc.)
- Floral foam
- Optional: Cutting machine like a Cricut or similar
Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Bouquet
Step 1: Cut out your place card names. If you have a cutting machine like a Cricut, simply design and cut the names of your guests using the machine’s software. The font we used is called Babette. Make sure that you move the letter spacing down so that the letters are close enough to touch, and then you’ll want to weld the letters together for each individual name. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can print out the names on cardstock — just print them in white with a light outline to guide your cutting. Then cut along the outline with sharp scissors.
Step 2: Gather your florals. For each bouquet, try to have one main bloom and a few pieces of filler — things like fall leaves, berries, acorns, and greenery work really well to create a pretty Thanksgiving or holiday look for the filler.
Step 3: Cut a piece of floral foam for each vessel. The floral foam should fill the vessel wall-to-wall as much as possible, and should be slightly shorter than the vessel you’re using, so it doesn’t stick up above the rim. Use a knife to shape your foam before inserting it into your vessel. Then soak with water and allow the foam to absorb the water fully.
Step 4: Once the foam is soaked, start pressing the stems of your filler into the foam, being careful not to snap the stems. Start with a few leaves, berries, or something similar.
Step 5: Once you have a few pieces of filler placed into the foam, trim the stem of one of your main blooms at an angle to fit into the vessel and press it into the foam. You want the bloom to be the feature, so place it near the front of the vessel so that the filler is supportive behind the bloom. If you like, you can place another bloom on the other side of the filler so that the mini bouquet looks good from both sides!
Step 6: On each bouquet, place one of the names you cut out. Nestle the paper name among the florals so that it’s visible. Place one bouquet at each place setting!
Aren’t these so pretty?! I just love that they’re another way to spread the flowers out around the table, rather than just having them focused on a single centerpiece. You can also customize these a zillion ways! If you don’t want to cut out names, just cut little slips of paper and write each guest’s name on one slip of paper with pretty penmanship. You could also use alphabet stamps if you don’t like your penmanship, or just print out the names and cut them into rectangles to nestle into the bouquets. You can’t go wrong! And now, be sure to peek at the wonderful things that all of our friends are whipping up! Click through the list below and enjoy! xoxo
Apple Crisp Cocktail from Sugar & Charm
Cranberry & Prosciutto Crostini from Pizzazzerie
Onion Tart from Julie Blanner
Mini Green Bean Casserole Puffs from The Sweetest Occasion
Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin from Inspired By Charm
Strawberry Pie with Fringe Pie Crust from Proper
P.S. One bonus place card idea for you party animals!