[Free Printable] Vintage Thanksgiving Place Cards

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of remembering the things we should be thankful for: in fact, my advent calendar last year was the calendar of happiness, where Franklin and me wrote the things we loved of each other.
Here are some printable place cards for your table: they’re vintage, stylish and each one is different. Print them on a vintage paper for a superb result. I also love very much this simple, yet effective, centerpiece.

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards
Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

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La Dolce Vita #3: Who needs Versailles when… (part 1)

Royal Palace of Caserta (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples, the Royal Palace of Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world with over 2 million m³ and covers an area of about 47,000 m². The palace has some 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modelled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples. It was inscribed as a world heritage site in 1997: according to the rationale, the palace “whilst cast in the same mould as other 18th century royal establishments, is exceptional for the broad sweep of its design, incorporating not only an imposing palace and park, but also much of the surrounding natural landscape and an ambitious new town laid out according to the urban planning precepts of its time.”

Venaria Reale, Turin (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Palace of Venaria is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997. One of the most remarkable projects by the architect Filippo Juvarra at the Reggia di Venaria consisted in the construction of the southern wing conceived by Michelangelo Garove. The harmonious proportions and the breadth of these new spaces, the sumptuous stucco decorations, the cornices and pilaster strips of the Gallery, would result in an architectural masterpieces of the 18th century. The Gallery, that connected the apartments of the King to that of the Crown Prince, is one of the most surprising and spectacular spaces of the complex: its magnificent decorations are the work of Pietro Filippo Somasso, Giuseppe Bolina, Antonio Papa and Giovambattista Sanbartolomeo. The size of the Gallery is also remarkable: 15 meters in height at the center of the vault, 80 meters in length and 12 in width. One of the peculiarities of the Great Gallery lies in the splendid light effects created by 44 tall windows and 22 “eyelets” (openings that are oval on the inside, but rectangular on the outside) on the ceiling. The resulting lights and shadows further enhance the rich decorations and the two elaborate exedras at the ends, never failing to inspire awe in all visitors.

Stupinigi Royal Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The hunting residence of Stupinigi is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It was the preferred building to be used for celebrations and dynastic weddings by members of the House of Savoy. Today the Palace of Stupinigi houses the Museo di Arte e Ammobiliamento, a museum of the arts and furnishings, some original to the palazzina, others brought from the former Savoia residences of Moncalieri and Venaria Reale. Stupinigi has the most important collection of Piedmontese furniture.

Villa d’Este,Tivoli (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Villa d’Este is a villa in Tivoli, near Rome, Italy. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden.

Royal Palace, Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples was one of the four residences near Naples used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (1730-1860): the others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and the third Portici, on the slopes of Vesuvius.

Find the other lists here

Fall Place Cards (free printable)

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

How was your Halloween? Have you tried the mini hats from my last post? I went in a couple of restaurants wearing them and both of them asked me to create something for Christmas and Epiphany, yay! And have you read something from my Halloween list? I’d like to know your opinion, feedbacks are important. Now, today’s post. Fall means tea breaks, or snacks with warm chestnuts, sweet potatoes, walnuts and a rich red wine. It also means jumping on leaves, and warm dinners with friends. Thanksgiving, for instance, but also here in Italy we have local fairs, All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day, harvest festivals.

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I prepared some place cards for a family dinner. I also created a different one for the guest of honor: you can fill the box with a little surprise, the free printable (in two different versions for two seasons) is here.

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If you like it, I also made a free printable version… actually they are two, so that if you can’t use a graphic program you still can write the names with a pen or a marker. Just click on the images to see them larger.  

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Are you ready for your fall dinner? I bring the paper, you bring love.

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Last-minute toast

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I talked about my parents recently, and I must say I have actually learned a lot from them: my father teached me integrity, my mother understanding. From both I have learned to share: family means I am happy when you are too, and enjoying what I have means sharing it.

That’s why my house has always been open, and my mother has always been great at creating in five minutes a dinner for six. My brother, who is married and hasn’t been living with us since I was a teenager, still has lunch here twice a week, and my fiancée is sort of another son here.

So… last-minute happy hour: what are you going to do? I didn’t have time to create place cards on my pc, but it took me only three minutes and it turned out nice, I think, considering that my guests were already there and I didn’t have time to use any tool. I would like to make them again, in a more polished version: they look like an elegant ribbon or a paper scroll.

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In the meantime, here is the fast version. You just need to cut some narrow strips of heavyweight paper (I recycled scrap ivory paper): write the names at the center of each strip, and be sure to have enough paper on both sides of the name; then curl them, a little bit with scissors, a little bit with your hands or around a smooth-sided pencil. Now your place cards are ready for your chalices.

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