Have the kids go outside and find the flattest, most colorful leaves. Bring them inside and using a special marker and nice handwriting, write the name of each guest on a different leaf. Set in the middle of the plates and voilà: you've got an instant, easy, and seasonal placecard. Do you make placecards?
The super-talented DM Events recently put together an inspiring photo shoot for a Fall-themed wedding party, aptly named Fall in Love. Every last detail, from the calligraphy by Love Jenna to the delicate dahlias, was absolutely gorgeous and left me feeling really inspired to host an equally chic party this Fall.
My favorite element of the look is the handmade place cards. Every Thanksgiving, I feel ambitious about making adorably autumnal place cards, but the smell of turkey and pecan pie in the oven distracts me. In the end, I give up and just write names on basic card stock, maybe with an orange pumpkin drawn on it. But this sophisticated and unique place card idea looks like a project I can easily take on. Simply cut out a piece of decorative paper to match your theme. Then, glue a scroll of brown craft paper on top of it — don't the rolled edges remind you of cinnamon sticks? Then, finish it off by gluing a couple of acorns on top. Three easy steps!
Here, the store cut a narrow slit halfway down a wine cork to turn it into a stand for a cheese label. Steal this strategy for identifying the foods on your buffet spread or to create DIY placecard holders for your guests. If you and your fiancé are fans of vino, this is a crafty way to incorporate that passion into your party.
We've all been in crazy situations and I want to know how you handle entertaining fiascoes and bad restaurant behavior. I'll present a situation and you tell me what you would do. Here's this week's scenario: You're hosting an intimate dinner party for 12 of your friends. You've been planning for weeks and no detail is spared. The food is exquisitely prepared and a pitcher of cocktails waits to be poured. The house is immaculately clean and the mood enhanced by tons of glowing candles.
To promote mingling and conversation, you took the time to create a seating arrangement with place cards — separating those couples who are always together — so unacquainted guests can become new friends. Everyone arrives and the party is going fabulously until one of your girlfriends pulls you aside. She says,"I hope you don't mind, I moved some of the names on the table around so I can sit next to my boyfriend." What would you do?
To see what I did in this situation — true story, it's happened to me! — read more
These chalkboard napkin rings ($65) serve as a napkin ring and placecard holder at the same time. They've been meticulously created in workshops for the physically challenged, and come with a slate pencil and sponge eraser. I think they're quite nifty and you could have a lot of fun with them. However they are a bit steep in price, and I worry that the chalkboard surface would get that cloudy finish after several uses. What do you think? Do you want a set?
I'm an avid traveler and big time country dropper. I like to pretend I'm a jet-setter and really do have friends all over the world. When I saw these cute little travel tags, I suddenly wished I wasn't planning Julie's Wedding but my own! Travel tags are something everyone can use, but don't necessarily buy for themselves - making the little tags a wonderful and practical favor! Slide a small piece of paper with each guests name written in the most beautiful calligraphy and voila! The favor becomes a placecard! Name the tables after your favorite travel destinations and loop a card that resembles a boarding pass with the name of each destination (table) through the black leather strap of the travel tag. Hang all of the travel tags/placecards on a large map with pretty glass head pins. In the future when your guests travel the world they will remember back to your wedding day!
The seating arrangements at weddings can be a daunting task. Deciding how to place your divorced grandparents far away from each other and your single girlfriend with the single friend of your cousin can be a challenging and overwhelming chore, luckily with DearSugar's helpful advice you can get the job done. However once you have decided where to seat each of your guests the fun begins...creating the perfect placecards! Placecards are beautifully written little notes with the name of the guests on the front and a table number on the back. Use your imagination to come up with inventive ways of numbering your tables. At a wedding I attended last September the couple is known for their crazy love for candy.
Instead of giving the tables a number they named each one for a different candy (gummi bears, m&m's, skittles, etc). At the tables guests were met by small goodie bags with the candy of their table. If you are having a destination wedding you can name each table after a neighborhood of the city or take pictures of you and your fiance at each of the locations and use these pictures to identify the tables.
There are endless ways to decoratively and festively arrange placecards so that your guests are pleasantly surprised upon their arrival to the reception. Attach to a bulletin board decorated in beautiful ribbon, place each card in a stick in potter's soil, write the names on a keepsake seashell, slide a flower into each card. Placecards serve as a nice reminder of your wedding celebration and guests can take theirs home with them so make them special. If you can afford it hire a professional calligrapher to write out all of the names. Got a placecard idea, please do tell it below!