I get all giddy and girly when it comes to table setting and table decorating. I absolutely love how a table, and even a room, can be transformed with an interesting and consistent table-top design. I even have a pinterest board set-up specifically for cool table settings.
The most fun part for me, is figuring out how I will set the table and then plugging away on what china to use, what colours are good, how will each piece be placed; all the good stuff. Even when doing larger events, conceptualizing what rentals I may need, what should the colour scheme be and how should everything be displayed is a lot of fun. I did a post awhile back on setting a table which you can check out here.
But beyond the china, and glassware, and placemats, and chargers, and linens lies some opportunity for some fun. When I think of my table, I also think about where I want people to sit and how I want to tell them where to sit. For a small, intimate dinner, it’s usually a free-for-all, but sometimes I like the extra touch of having a place card for each person.
When we do larger events, having a place card is a no-brainer. Usually with many guests, we need to keep them organized and minimize confusion, so designating a specific table number and having a place card for each person helps for consistency and also for other table guests to know the names of who they are sitting with.
For smaller gatherings, we don’t often think about place cards but it can be a fun, easy, and interesting addition to your table setting. Thinking beyond the traditional paper place card, folded in half with the guests name on it, is a great way to add another element to your party that can support your theme or even give your guests something interesting to talk about or to take home with them.
Having a place card, somehow to me, is the final touch in your table setting. It’s probably the last thing that you put on your table and can really bring everything together. Find some inspiration here for interesting, beautiful and different ways to create your place cards and have fun designing everything for your next party.
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