Sunday, November 21, 2010

bowties, burlap & blossoms: Favor Boxes/Place Setting

Ever since I was a little girl my mom put me in charge of the place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. Most of the time I would just fold a paper in half and scribble everyones name on it while I watched Macy's day parade or sometimes I'd try to be a bit more creative.
This year I made some conversation starter/favor boxes/place cards. The gentlemen receive the bowties & burlap and for the ladies-canvas blossoms & lace.




To make the rolled canvas flowers I used one of my favorite Sizzix dies: 3-D Bigz Die.

You can use them for a place settings and include a simple mint inside the box. Or I like to use them as a conversation starter by adding different colored candies inside with color coded questions.
We love to do this after we've gobbled up dinner and before cutting into Collin's apple pie. (It gives you time to make room for dessert;)
Print out the conversation starters on a piece of paper for every other person and then go around the table and answer the questions that go with the color of the candy in your box.
We've enjoyed this simple game the past few years because it steers away from the typical
'what are you thankful for' answers and we hear more meaningful thoughts.
Some ideas may include:
-Something you're looking forward to
-Something you hope for
-Something you wish for the person on your left
-Something you're grateful for
-Lesson you've learned this year
-Something that makes you happy
-What you love about the person to your right
-What you hope for the person on your left

PS I am still very much pregnant.

PPS Check out Collin's entertaining post with the giveaway winners... still waiting to hear from a couple of you!

31 comments:

DeAnna said...

Those are awesome!! Great job - and I still can't believe how creative you are while incredibly pregnant. I had major brain fog that only lifted this past summer after my youngest turned 1. Good luck with delivery, hope all goes well when the time comes ;D

JessicaS said...

Those are really darling! I am going to have to give these a try for our Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks!

Melanie B said...

I love coming here, always such lovely eye candy!! You are sooo clever. We don't have thanksgiving here but I am sooo excited for Christmas. This is an awesome idea.
Praying for your little one, cannot wait to see photos of your new darling girl.
Blessings.

Mel xx

Cherie said...

What a super cute idea! I've been trying to think of something to do. Last year everyone wrote dowmn what they are thanful for so I didn't really want to do the same thing again this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

toots2u said...

those boxes are adorable and it sounds like a fun game too!

swell.life said...

i love these so much. seriously daring idea. the bowties and bows just blow me away. and the conversation starters are such a fresh idea! cuteness. happy thanksgiving. i'm sure you'll be thankful to have that precious girl in your arms someday soon!

isabelle said...

j'adore! quelle belle idée! et puis... heureuse naissance à venir! bravo à vous!

Kitty said...

what a fantastic idea! i love these so much!!

Scrappy Girl said...

I love this idea. I am the creative one in our family...everyone else would just eat dinner and go to sleep. They groan and pretend they don't like to play my thankful games...but I know they secretly would miss them if I didn't do them.

Today is a great day to have a baby! It's my birthday!

Ana said...

Wow!!! Loved the boxes. You´re such an inspiration for us, sooooo creative. Thanks for sharing and the best of luck to you when the time comes. I wish you, the 03 girls and Collin all the best.

Love

Ana

kim and frank said...

What a great idea! I love these :)

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Fab idea for having fun with your family at dinner. Love it :)

Claudia said...

So beatiful!!! Count down to baby, YAY!! Good Luck!

cedargirl said...

Those are the coolest name cards I have seen! Great conversation starter idea!
I hope you ae getting some good rest when you can. You'll be settting a place for one more soon!

Charla Anne said...

These are beautiful!!!

Melissa said...

Oh, those are so pretty! Love the little bow-ties and the rolled flowers. The conversation starter questions are great, too!

Stephanie said...

very pretty!

krystina said...

A.DORABLE!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! You are so creative with such gorgeous makings :)

Nancy W said...

Fabulous boxes and what a fun conversation starter!! I would love to make this a tradition in my family!! hugs from conroe, tx!

Jen said...

I seriously love these!

Jen said...

I love this idea, I wish this was posted earlier this year when I was trying to think of something unique for wedding favors and the hundred something paper mache boxes I had :-)

Very nice, love the conversation starter idea.

Ris W. said...

I was kind of bummed when I did my daily check of your blog. Those boxes are adorable, but I am waiting to see pictures of adorable baby number 3! I was hoping she made her entrance this weekend. But I've got babies on the brain, since I'm also due fairly soon with a baby girl... I've been looking forward to your daughter being born because that means mine is just around the corner!

Hang in there, she's GOT to come out eventually :) Maybe she wants to ingest some turkey first?

Kim Woods said...

This is a darling idea and I'm SO going to use it at my in-laws in Houston! What a fun thing and the kids will absolutely love it!

Good luck getting that turkey to pop out! I'll be praying for a soft landing for your darling angel.

big hugs to you all! Thanks also to Collin for his silly hijackings and awesome facebook posts. He makes me giggle often when I'm taking a break from the craziness.

Enjoy every last second and every first moment!
Kim

Renee said...

Those are so stinkin' cute. I love them and the game inside.

oh! so lovely said...

oh those are SO adorable! you have got to be the most creative person ever!! Thanks for sharing!

Natalie Park said...

I Love them!
I can't find your e-mail and so I decided to comment on here....
I am doing a giveaway on my blog titled "My Favorite Things" and I was wondering if you would like to donate one of those flower shirt kits or something else to that giveaway? To be entered my viewers must genuinely do something nice for someone else. I am encouraging them to pay it forward for the month of December.
Please e-mail me if you are interested!
natalie_park5@hotmail.com
Thanks!

Mandi said...

I love this idea so much! Very cute and thoughtful.

Helen Tilbury said...

I love this idea - thanks for sharing! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here at all would you believe - but we do this idea on Christmas eve although we each prewrite our answers out before the dinner. Am going to try this off the cuff method this year for sure!

Julie @ CalleLillyCafe said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea! love the tiny boxes w/the color coded questions! love those sweet rolled flowers! I cannot get enough of those! Hope your Turkey Day was a great one! Ours was! Hope you're feeling as great as you can be these days! =) Many blessings to you & yours!

Ann said...

Thank you so much for this darling idea. I made them for our Thanksgiving table and they were a big hit!!! The kids, especially, loved the conversation starter part. And it added just the right finishing touch to our table decor. Thanks again.
Ann

Ruby said...

Very neat idea.

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