How to Design Your Own Name Place Cards

Updated February 21, 2017

Designing your own name place cards is a fun and traditional way to decorate for an elegant dinner party or festive occasion. For each guest attending your party, you will put a custom name card at the table. This will not only help you organise the seating and the menus, but it allows the guests to know where to sit when the meal is ready to be served. Here is a step by step guide to help you design and create our own name place cards for your next dinner party.

Using your computer, open a new document in Microsoft Word. Click "File" at the top left of the screen, then chose "New" from the list. Next, click "File" again, and select "Page Layout." When a window appears, click on the selection called "Landscape." This will adjust your page orientation.

Format your document. Click "Format" at the top of the page, then select "Columns." A window will appear allowing you to select the number of columns on your page. Select 3 columns with 1-inch spacing.

Type the guests' names into the document, allowing at least 1 inch between each name. When you are finished typing in the names, you can edit the font type, size, and colour by using the text adjusters at the top of the screen. Highlight the text you would like to change, and then select the new font type, colour, or sizing. The text will automatically change to the selected style. If you would like to undo a particular font style that you changes, simply click "Edit" at the top of the screen, then click "Undo" from the drop down list.

Print out the name cards onto your printer by clicking "File" at the top of the screen, then selecting "Print Preview" from the list. The screen will change to show you what the final printout will look like. If you are satisfied, click the printer icon located at the top left-hand side of the screen.

Carefully cut out the name cards using a pair of scissors. Make sure that you cut each card out evenly, making them the same sizes. Place the name cards in their respective locations at the dining table.


If you use a heavier weight card stock, your place cards will be sturdier.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Printing paper
  • Guest list
  • Scissors
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