Bridal shower place cards can also make for unique party favors. Instead of folding paper card stock, opt for colorful journals or notebooks. Write each guest's name down on decorative paper, and attach it to the front of the journal with double-sided tape. Slightly open the book, and place it on its side in front of the place setting.
A handmade name card at this party is made from a small piece of white card stock on which the name Raquel has been written. Several red dots decorate one side of the card, which is being held by a small gold elephant statue.
A gift tag tied around a candy cane becomes a place card as well as a treat for kids who eat all of their dinner. Write each child's name on a shipping tag with red permanent marker and layer over a large gift tag. Tie the tag onto a candy cane with ribbon and place on each slate next to a piece of chalk.
When she's not coordinating weddings or planning workshops, Miranda Crace of Detroit-based company Spoke Events often puts together beautiful tablescapes for styled photoshoots. Here, she's at work arranging votive candles and plates, with florals from Studio Terrain and calligraphy name cards from Plume & Proper.
This place setting looks chic and modern, as it pairs an uneven circular server with black-and-gold flatware. The tablescape was designed by Miranda Crace of Detroit-based company Spoke Events and features florals from Studio Terrain and calligraphy name cards from Plume & Proper.
Get crafty with place cards for your event. Emboss copper garden labels with the name of each guest, and then wrap them around the stem of inexpensive wine glasses so guests can take them home as a favor.
Construct a mini gingerbread house for each guest, attached to a cardboard base with icing. Make it the centerpiece of each place setting. Then, just add a beverage, a personalized name card and a few decorations. For a simple, disposable place mat, use a 12x12 piece of decorative paper. To continue the theme, you can also add a gingerbread man or woman for each guest to eat or use for decorating.
Make It: Pick up firewood from a local vendor, then cut the logs into round or ovular placards. Once cut to size, use acrylic or latex paint and a detail brush to add names or holiday messages. For a more 3-D look, consider using wood or metal letters attached with wood glue. In keeping with the rustic motif, choose rope, twine or burlap ribbon to attach the bark to the chair, keeping it held in place with fabric weights stitched along the front edges.
Once you’ve laid the foundation, create a festive place setting. Jenny’s seven-layer place setting formula works for “any occasion this summer,” she says.
To recreate her seven-layer place setting, start with one or two chargers as anchors. Then layer in a large hobnail plate with a melamine or ceramic plate on top. Then Jenny suggests layering in a seasonal dish towel in place of a napkin. “I consistently use dish towels as napkins…layering [them] in between dishware so it drapes off the center of the setting,” she explains. Finally, add a coordinating salad plate and a small dish, bowl or bread plate and a name card or seasonal accessory.
To make acorn place settings, hot glue four acorns together for a base. Next glue an acorn to the center of the four acorns. Then with a sharp x acto knife, cut a slit into the top acorn stem. Insert a hand written name on card stock into the stem.
Transform a blank wall into a drying rack with red and white kitchen twine, origami hearts and clothespins. Write the name of each guest onto heart-shaped pieces of card stock, and hang on the line to identify everyone's work. Completed valentine cards display beautifully and create a playful backdrop as they dry.