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Thanksgiving Place Settings: 4 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Table

Guaranteed: the 3-D turkey place card will make an adorable addition.

folding napkin techniques
Photography by: Alpha Smoot

And when to wrap 'em, when to twist 'em up, and when to go for fun. We're talking about napkins, of course. They're the easiest, most elegant way to dress up your holiday place settings — and add a big serving of personality. Here are four sweet and simple techniques. Shuffle through them; we wager you'll find a winner.

napkin fold pocket
Photography by: Alpha Smoot

Make a Pocket


It's easy as 1-2-3! Start with a square dinner napkin and give it a three-way fold for a handy pocket. 


[TRY IT: Angled Pocket Napkin Fold]
napkin fold wrapped
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Wrap It Around


Make something that works double-duty: A Thanksgiving menu that doubles as a place card. It makes an elegant addition to the table, especially when paired with gilded greenery and a wrapped napkin.


[TRY IT: Thanksgiving Menu Place Card]
napkin fold turkey craft
Photography by: Alpha Smoot

Add a Craft


Ready to gobble gobble? A 3-D turkey and crayons keep kids occupied. Fan out a tissue-paper honeycomb ball halfway and stick to cardstock.


[TRY IT: Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card]
napkin fold tie knot
Photography by: Alpha Smoot

Tie One On


Pair a loosely knotted napkin with a handwritten place card. It's the perfect place setting for an elegant Thanksgiving table.


[TRY IT: Knotted Napkin with Place Card]

Bonus idea! Watch how to make colorful turkey place cards. They are simple to create with just an accordion fold and a turkey template.