Ideas for Place Card Holders

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Ideas for Place Card Holders
Place card holders can have just as much personality as the cards they hold. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Everyone loves walking into a party and seeing their name on a place card. You spend a lot of time and care picking out or making the perfect place cards. The place card holders you select should have just as much personality as your party. You have many styles of place card holders available for you to choose from.


You can find many natural objects that work wonderfully as place card holders. Pine cones are a fall favourite and add a harvest theme to your table. Sea shells can hold people's names just as well as they hold wonders of the sea. Vines wrapped into little bird nests (maybe with some chocolate eggs tucked in, too) make an excellent springtime place card holder. Small tree branches can hold multiple place cards for a large dinner party. Branches of an apple blossom tree with the place cards hung with string can make an elegant place card holder for a wedding.

Ideas for Place Card Holders
Objects found in nature make great place card holders. (Jupiterimages/ Images)


Those little wine corks that you've been stashing that you're not sure what do with can make great place holders. Miniature coloured bulldog clips that hold paper together in your office can stand on their own nicely and hold place cards. Jewellery boxes propped open can accommodate a place card slipped in the spot usually reserved for a ring. You can cover an old thread spool in fabric or paper and make a slit to hold a place card. You can place cookie cutters so they stand up on the table, hang a string with the place card attached and send guests home with a small favour, too.

Ideas for Place Card Holders
Many objects you usually use for other things make good place card holders. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Holiday Themed

Ornaments in sliver or gold make elegant place card holders at Christmas. Small boxes wrapped as Christmas or Hanukkah gifts can have a name tag attached as a place card holder. Tiny baskets make great place card holders for Easter. A pine cone decorated like a turkey makes a great place card holder for Thanksgiving.

Ideas for Place Card Holders
Holiday themed place card holders add festivity to any party. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)


You can capitalise on the fact that place cards were created to let guests know where to sit and to make them feel pampered. Making your place card holders personalised will make any guest feel special. You can give each guest a place card holder with the initial from their first name. You can even make the place card holder specific to that person's favourite colour such as bright pink or their favourite activity like a treble clef sign that stands on its own for a musician.

Ideas for Place Card Holders
You can make your guests feel welcome with personalised place card holders. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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