Create attractive handmade place cards for the seating arrangement of guests at an event, reception or dinner. Embellish plain, store-bought place cards (see example) or make artistic place cards from scratch. Use calligraphy pens to write the names of individual guests on the cards and place them on table settings where they will sit.
Gather card stock, decorative paper pieces, white or colored, markers or crayons, stickers and other small decorations such as small fabric flowers, novelty buttons and bits of ribbon. Add fancy and plain scissors, white glue or glue sticks, and hot glue (to attach decorations such as buttons, ribbons and flowers). A paper cutter is also handy if a large number of place cards need to be cut from card stock.
Place Card Designs
Children and adults can both enjoy making decorative place cards, even as part of the "entertainment" at a party where each person can make his own. Cut the basic card stock place card (about 4 by 4 inches cut with the paper cutter), then folded in half. Build up the place card with two or three layers of decorative paper with a glue stick, then attach a 3/4- by 2-inch rectangle of white card stock on which to write the name of the guest. Choosing a theme will determine how to design the place cards and what colors to use---such as formal, informal, teenage or kids' party, as well as holidays such as Christmas or Halloween.
Adding Special Touches
Make the place cards special by adding small party favors or wrapped candy pieces to the place cards, as well as glitter, stickers or novelty buttons. For example, tiny fabric flowers can be hot-glued on to the place cards for a ladies' luncheon, or a baby shower can have tiny plastic buttons attached. Little touches make the difference with a little bit of work.