I'm not really into over the top "table-scapes" and elaborate place settings. I prefer a more simple and elegant aesthetic. Oh, and gold. Lots and lots of gold. This easy DIY is right up my alley. I love the idea of using real leaves as a place card. They're free (I've got about a million scattered all over my street right now!) and so beautiful. They're made even prettier with a coat of gold paint (what isn't, really). I also did a few with rose gold paint because why not.
I can't wait to display these on our table at Thanksgiving. As a little bonus, you could write one thing you're thankful for about each family member on the back of their leaf.
Gilded Leaf Place Cards
leaves, such as maple
gold, bronze, or rose gold spray paint
black paint pen
Try to pick leaves that are fairly flat and not too brittle. I used maple leaves but oak leaves would be beautiful too. Lay the leaves out on a paper bag or scrap of cardboard. Spray with a light coating of spray paint of choice. Allow to dry completely then scroll your peeps' names on the leaves. Voila!