Clever Ideas for Name Place Cards

Written by rebecca lake
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Whether you're throwing a casual dinner party or planning an upscale wedding, it's the little things your guests are sure to remember. One way to express your creativity and give your guests something to talk about is creating memorable name place cards. If you're looking for clever ideas for your name place cards, the possibilities are limitless.


Attach name cards to mini-lanterns or candles for an evening wedding. For a more casual wedding, consider personalised coasters for your guests. For a theme wedding, such as a beach wedding, consider using small bottles of sand or sea shells for place card holders

Bridal Shower

Using floral tubes from the florist, create mini-bouquets for your guests and attach monogrammed name cards. Bake or buy pretty cupcakes and use candy letters to decorate them with your guests' initials.

Baby Shower

Obtain copies of baby photos from each of your invited guests and use these in place of name cards. Place them in pretty frames or hang them from the backs of chairs with ribbon.


Use pine cones and holly sprigs as decorative touches for your holiday name cards. Decorate a Christmas tree with name cards or personalise ornaments with the names of your guests.


Go seasonal and use small pumpkins or fresh pears as name card holders. Use a stamp or fabric marker to personalise cloth napkins with the names of your guests.

Dinner Party

Tie a ribbon around the top of each chair and hang the folded name card over it. Place a roll on each guest's plate and cut a slit in the top. Insert name cards in the slit.

Graduation Party

Create "diplomas" for each of your guests. Write each guest's name on a sheet of lightweight paper, roll it up, and tie it with ribbon. Optionally, you may choose to purchase tassels and display them with the diplomas.

For Kids

Bake or buy cookies that correlate to the party's theme. For example, choose crown-shapes for a princess theme or dinosaur shapes for a dinosaur theme. Decorate the cookies and personalise them for your guests. They look great and kids will love a special treat.

Wine Party

For a wine-tasting, cut a slit lengthwise in a clean wine cork and insert the name card. Choose card stock that has a relevant theme, such as a grape arbor or wine bottle. Alternately, you may choose to purchase personalised wine glasses for your guests.

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