Whether for a formal occasion or a casual one, adding personal touches throughout a dinner party is important. It makes your guests feel as if extra care was taken to welcome them into your home; it makes them feel warm; and it sets the tone for what is to come. One of the most common ways to personalize a table is a name card. It may seem like a simple touch, but it is one that will light up every invited guest.
Styled to Stun: Whether written out in calligraphy or typed and printed, it is a thoughtful touch to bring to any type of gathering. Use heavy cardstock or find fun patterns that remind you of each guest, creating the mood from the beginning of the affair. Take it one step further by decorating the card with something sentimental or meaningful to yourself and your guest, if it works with the event’s vibe.
Free Reign: Not one to give assigned seating? Place the cards on an entryway table and allow people to find their own seat. While it still allows people to feel special, it permits them to sit in a place that is most comfortable, whether it is the seat position or the surrounding company that makes it so.
Glorious Giftable: Another way to personalize your table is to allow the name cards to also act as favors. Tying name tags to a small vase filled with seasonal flowers makes for the perfect keepsake from an event. Or, purchase small name card holders and add a few faux florals or fun accents to create a name card that guests will be excited to bring home at the end of the evening. Another great idea? Let your guests take home a piece of the party! Fill mason jars with candy, homemade dip or even a batched cocktail so they can reflect fondly on their night the next day.
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