Name tags are a necessity for many meetings and gatherings. While they are common, they need not be boring. Create name tags that tell more about the person than just the name, or design a name tag in theme with the gathering. Name tags can be a conversation piece, as well as a source of information.
High school reunions often use photo name tags. Instead of a current picture, each name tag displays the person's class picture, along with the name. This helps jog memories, by putting a name with a familiar (although outdated) photograph. While this practice is common, take it another step, to create a unique photo name tag. Depending on the event, use a photograph of the person's accomplishment instead of a portrait. For example, at a quilt show, a person's name tag would display a photograph of one of her quilts. At a car show, the name tag would include a photograph of the person's car, so the project can easily be paired with its craftsman.
Instead of a name tag that sticks on a person's lapel, create a necklace name tag, which slips over the person's neck. This won't interfere with clothing, and provides more opportunity to create unique looking name tags. Depending on the event and its participants, use soft ribbon, strands of beads or thin leather for the cord, making it long enough to go over a person's head. The tag portion can be any three dimensional object, large enough to fit a person's name, yet small enough so that it will not be too heavy to wear. For example, for a beach party, make a name tag from a shell hanging from the chosen cording.
Let the guests express themselves in the name tag, by providing a supply of stickers, rubber stamps, coloured felt-tip pens and blank (sticky-backed) name tags. Instead of having the name tags pre-printed, allow each guest to fill his out when he arrives, and add desired embellishments. When other guests read the name tags, they will learn more about the person than just his name.
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