3 Festive, Holiday-Themed Place Card Holders

When it comes to weekday dinners, place cards are typically not found on M/I Homes’ dining room tables, but holiday festivities are a fantastic reason to bring them out! These festive pieces will make your meal more organized and more fun! To spark your inspiration, here are three place card holder ideas guaranteed to make guests feel welcome.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Place Card Holders

Let’s be honest, your table is likely very full on this holiday! But these adorable turkey candle place card holders are small and take the guess work out of, “where do I sit?” They also double as cute party favors for family and guests. Buy a set of 4 for only $7.99 online.

Christmas

Christmas Place Card Holders

Add a dash of Christmas cheer to your table during the snowy holidays. Direct your guests in style with these frosted reindeer cardholders. All you need is to do is spray-paint or Mod Podge small plastic reindeer figurines you can find at select craft stores. Plus, they’ll keep the kids entertained while you eat.

News Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Place Card Holders

Ring in the New Year with a little glitz and glam with these eye-catching gold disco ball cardholders. Easy to make, these flashy additions to your dinner table are sure to keep your guests raving way past midnight. Check out the directions here.

OVER-THE-TOP CHRISTMAS LIGHTING

It’s hard to forget Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and his determined effort to have a “good old fashioned family Christmas.”

This Christmas we give you a look at some other over-the-top christmas lighting.  We hope you don’t blow out the power like Clark Griswold but here’s a look at others who’ve competed with Clark over the years.

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TUESDAY TIP: THE PERFECT PRESENTS FOR NEW HOMEOWNERS

Skip the housewarming-gift standbys and give your home-owning pals one of these thoughtful, creative household essentials instead. Convenience is key when it comes to moving in, so whether they love to cook, entertain, or decorate, we’ve found stylish but functional must-have items for anyone with a new address. From a cozy fragrance collection to the perfect bar-cart decanter, these 11 housewarming gifts are perfect for this holiday season.

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DIY FRIDAY: Celebration Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 2¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, stir the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, vegetable shortening, and sugar until smooth and slightly lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until blended, about 1 minute. On low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it. The dough should be soft and smooth.
  • Divide the dough in half and form it into 2 smooth disks about 6 inches in diameter. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate about one hour, until firm enough to roll without sticking but not so hard that it’s difficult to roll out.
  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour the rolling pin and surface. Unwrap one piece of dough and roll it out to about a 12-inch circle that is 3/16 inch thick. Using a 3½-to 5-inch-long cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Use a thin metal spatula to transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, placing them about 1 inch apart. Gather together the dough scraps and set aside. Unwrap the second piece of dough and repeat the rolling and cutting process. Gather together all of the dough scraps, forming a smooth disk, and roll and cut out the dough.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for about 14 minutes, until the edges and bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to cool completely.

Note: Colored sugars or nonpareils can be sprinkled on the cookies prior to baking. Or, cookies can be frosted once cool with the Powdered Sugar Frosting (see Gingerbread Giants Recipe). To make snowmen sugar cookies, cut out about a 3-inch circle for the body and a 2-inch circle for the head. Slightly overlap the circles on the baking sheet and press them together to form a snowman. (Text copyright 2005 by Elinor Klivans ⁄ published by Chronicle Books).

Place in the oven and keep the oven door ajar with the handle of a wooden spoon to allow moisture to escape. Bake the cookies 15-20 minutes until they puff slightly, crack along the sides and feel dry on the outside but soft to the touch.
From Big Fat Cookies by Elinor Klivans, text copyright 2005 by Elinor Klivans ⁄ published by Chronicle Books.

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