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Naming Thankful Moments

Traditions bring a calmness and renewed spirit to my life. A few years ago I started a new tradition over Thanksgiving by asking our guests to write down something they were thankful for over the past year. The following year I placed their original thoughts underneath their dinner plate as well as a new card to fill out. It was a total hit.


It was a time of personal reflection during what can be a chaotic and energetic tradition, the Thanksgiving meal. This year, if they wish, our guests will once again fill out a new card (found these Thankful Cards at Paper Source this year), document their gratitude from the past year, and be reminded of how life may have changed over the past year by reading their 2012 Thanksgiving Thankful Card. It’s a gesture guests will appreciate.

Name cards are another way to bring a personal touch to your table and it doesn’t need to be complicated. To accent your place card, grab a dozen pears or clementines or head outside to find natural goodness around you!

Fragrant Herb Bouquet

thanksgiving place cards 2

Kumquat Kabob

Thanksgiving Place Cards 1

Brown Ink Paper Goods also sells perfect place cards for your Thanksgiving feast setting (Still plenty of time, shipping is on us for these pretty things!)

So before you head off to pick up the turkey and puree the pumpkin, take a look at my favorite pics from Design Sponge’s Thanksgiving Table series where they’ve showcased beautiful settings created by fellow designers over the past few years. Inspirational to say the least!

Eddie Ross gets creative by using walnuts for place cards



Brilliant use of piano music by House of Brinson



Stamped place setting cards created by children (designers Rinne Allen & Lucy Allen Gillis)


Known for his nature-filled aesthetic, John Derian believes place cards create an even flow on the table. Here he uses his own name cards to create his charming Thanksgiving table.

Austin-based Spartan keeps the fuss out with this pared down yet warm setting

Designer Matt Armendariz uses wrapping paper tied to gourds with blue string.


My favorite store in Portland, OR, Alder & Co. keeps the table minimal yet stylish. I love the salut! name cards with the simple gold bell attached.

Keep it simple for Thanksgiving, maybe create a new tradition and reflect just a bit before enjoying that second or third piece of pie.

stepping out

I am an All American Gal but there’s something about International paper goods and office supplies which gets my heart a fluttering.

I can’t remember the first time I laid eyes on these beautiful notebooks from Benoit Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, a Parisian lifestyle brand. Over the past 13 years they’ve created household goods by twisting vintage patterns and the result is quite unique.

Lucky for us, you can purchase these notebooks in the States at Alder & Co based in Portland.

 Large Mirabelle Fabric Notebook

Over the pond in Jolly Old England lives the house of Liberty. Inside you’ll find this Mirabelle Fabric Notebook, a perfect first journal for any young girl eager to start writing.

If you did not take notice of the Japanese Store Muji in our guest-writer Jenni’s post last fall, NYC Stationery Shopping Guide, then look now. There is a simplicity and quality in their stationery and office supplies which is hard to beat. Hoping to check out one of their NYC stores this May (first hint of a brown ink trip in the making!).

One company which stands out from all the others when it comes to variety of international office supplies would be Rad and Hungry.


Their country kits take you to places such as Germany, Trinidad, and Turkey, filled with cool notebooks, pencils, erasers, highlighters and more. You don’t even need to leave your home to experience all the world has to offer in the way of office supplies.

Speaking of travels, I’m heading west today for a long weekend to visit college friends in San Francisco. Hoping to find myself some warmth, a little sun and maybe a few unfamiliar stationery lines. When I asked our 4-year-old, Oliver, what I should bring home from CA he replied with a cheery “postcards, Mom!” I think he’s caught the brown ink bug. I like it.