For large parties, an organized way to notify your guests the location of their seat by having name cards. There are two types of name cards. Decide which one fits your party best: 1) Escort cards: cards organized in alphabetical order in one spot and the guest grabs his/her card and move to the designated table or 2) Place cards: already placed at your guest’s seat. Here are some fresh ideas on unique name cards that won’t eat your budget.
1) Let it Rock: Smooth river rocks placed in a galvanized tub layered with wheat grass, moss or sod, can create a summery and eco-friendly feel to any setting. This is perfect for an outdoor summer party. Recruit friends and family with nice handwriting and use a metallic permanent marker. Sharpie has several color options that won’t smear. (Project Wedding)
2) Au Natural: Using dried mini wreaths will help tie in the season for a fall or winter event. If you are having an event near the holidays, using mini ornaments is also another way to incorporate the season. Be sure to stalk all the stores after the holidays/start of a new season to score seasonal items for 75% off or more. (Faye and Greer)
3) Spin me Right Round: This is an easy DIY project and anyone can do it. The pinwheel name cards are prefect for the young at heart. If you use double sided design scrapbook paper, you will have a much better result, as the paper is folded and you see both designs. (Faye and Greer)
4) Star Bright: Using a cookie cutter, cardboard star stencil or die-cuts, you can make sure all your stars look the same. Punch a hole at the top and add some ribbon for easy hanging. Use small leafy trees for displaying your cards. Once the vent is over, plant the trees in your yard for a year round reminder of the day. (Laura Hooper Calligraphy)
5) Under my Umbrella: No longer just used for tropical drinks, this little umbrellas will bring the tropics to you. Buy a box of paper drink umbrellas from Ebay, Oriental Trading Co etc or make you own. Use a flag to write the guest’s name and fold over a bit of the edge to glue.
6) Tree Hugger: By using what is available at your venue, you can save money by not buying more decor to display your cards. In addition, by incorporating the landscape you are not introducing contrasting decor items that may not fit with the natural surrounding (ie fake plastic trees in a lush outdoor forest location). (Project Wedding)
7) Sweet Treat: Ferrero Rocher is a roasted hazelnut enrobed in a creamy chocolate filling, then a crispy wafer and milk chocolate and hazelnut pieces cover the decadent morsel. Each is individually wrapped in gold foil and paper cup, so it will reduce the risk of bacteria adhering to the chocolate when you assemble and transport to the reception site. Print customized flags or cupcake picks and use toothpicks for your guests’ names. It will also add as a favor. Yum! (Teness Herman)
8) O Tannenbaum: Using dried branches placed in a coordinating pot with color coordinated ribbon is a great way to create dimension and height to a room. Hang your name cards on a piece of thin ribbon to finish the look. To keep the branch from falling, use sand or rocks for weight at the bottom of the pot, then use a block of florist foam or pour concrete to anchor the branch. Cover the foam with reindeer moss or wheat grass to finish the look. (Anne K posted in Project Wedding)
9) Apple of My Eye: The bright green Granny Smith apples with a paper leaf are a snappy way to use fresh fruit as part of the décor. If you have apples leftover from the party, you can donate them or send them with your family. An rustic apple tart is a simple and easy way to use up lots of apples. (Anne Winchenbaugh Photography)
What do you think? Have you used a creative idea in the past? Please share your thoughs by commenting below.