How to Create Unique Place Cards for Dinner Parties

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How to Create Unique Place Cards for Dinner Parties
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Whether hosting a dinner party for singles or inviting guests who don't know each other, you may want to have each guest at your dinner party sit in a certain place. It can be politically and socially advantageous to have certain guests sit near each other and certain guests sit far from each other. Place cards can sometimes create the feeling of stodgy, inflexible orders and can put guests off. Instead, you can create whimsical and unique place cards for your dinner parties.

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Things you need

  • Chocolate
  • Molds
  • Baking supplies
  • Glue sticks
  • Twigs
  • Place cards
  • Fortune cookies
  • Ribbon
  • 3 by 5 paper
  • Polaroid camera

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    Go to your local craft store and buy plain square chocolate moulds. Melt whatever colour chocolate you desire (brown or white are the most classic choices) and pour the melted chocolate into the moulds. Then, choose a contrasting colour of chocolate and melt it. Once melted, pour that chocolate into a pastry bag with a small piping tip attached. You can either write out each person's name in the contrasting chocolate or create a monogram. Place each chocolate where you want that guest to sit.

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    Bake shortbread cookies. Choose frosting in whichever colour you like and put the frosting in a pastry bag with a small piping tip attached. Using the frosting, write each person's name on a cookie. Set the cookies in the places you want guests to sit.

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    Buy premade fortune cookies. Replace the fortune slips included with the cookies and make your own. You can write or print on your computer the names of each guest onto a slip of paper small enough to fit in the fortune cookie. Make sure their names are visible as the cookie rests on the table.

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    Gather some thin twigs (about the size of small pretzel sticks). Buy some precut place card stock with no embossing. Glue the twigs onto the place card stock in the shape of each of your guests' names or initials.

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    Create small scrolls. Write a different famous quote or verse from a poem inside each scroll, then roll the scroll and put each guest's name on one scroll. Tie the scrolls with ribbon and place them on the table.

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    Take pictures of various items or buildings with a Polaroid camera. In the white space under the picture, write in the name of one of your guests. Use free-standing place card or photo holders to hold your Polaroid.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't reign in your imagination!
  • Be careful when using a hot glue gun and melted chocolate.

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