Thanksgiving turkey leftovers may still linger, as folks begin preparing for the Christmas season and a parade of holiday parties.
Of course, a festive Christmas table often requires creative place cards to assist guests in finding their places. Place cards also help party attendees, both family and friends, to recall one another’s names, if they are not too familiar with one another. If you choose to host a sit-down dinner for a holiday party, rather than a Christmas season buffet, you may wish to set out place cards.
What crafty Christmas place card holders can you make on your own to hold the names of your holiday dinner guests? Try this trio of terrific tagging treats, as you set your Christmas dinner party table.
Use Christmas tree ornament as place card holders for your holiday dinner table.
By choosing Christmas tree ornaments as place card holders, you can offer each of your holiday dinner guests a fine memento or take-home gift. Select from shiny ball ornaments, small wooden nutcrackers, silly snowmen, tiny trains, simple snow globes, smiling Santas and other special Christmas tree ornaments. You might make the Christmas place card holders match, or choose a wacky variety of holiday ornaments.
Either write guests’ names directly on the Christmas tree ornaments you select, or attach place cards with glue, tape or ribbons.
These need not be costly, as you can pick up plenty of ornaments at dollar and discount stores, craft shops and other bargain centers.
Collect candlesas place card holders for your holiday dinner table.
Small pillar candles or votive candle cups make super place card holders. These may be reused, year after year, or they may be offered as take-home gifts for Christmas dinner party guests.
Simply affix place cards to candles or candle cups with colored elastics, chenille pipe cleaner stems or holiday ribbons for a festive flair.
Pick pine cones as place card holders for your holiday dinner table.
You can save money by making your own Christmas place card holders, using pine cones that you find outdoors. Place pine cones in a tightly sealed zippered plastic bag overnight, in case they contain any bugs. Shake pine cones out, and allow them to dry out completely on newsprint or paper toweling.
Store-bought pine cones may be found at craft supply stores. Often, scented pine cones may be included in bags of Christmas pot-pourri. (Some party hosts and hostesses prefer not to use scented items for the dinner table, however, as these may compete with the delicious aromas of the foods being served.)
Use pine cones plain as Christmas place card holders, or decorate them with frost spray, glitter or paints. Place one pine cone at each place setting on your holiday dinner table. Stick a place card into each one for a rustic, but festive, look.
Make your Christmas dinner table pleasing with creative place card holders.
With a bit of imagination, you can create clever place card holders for your holiday dinner table. Choose a style to fit your own tastes and perhaps the theme of your Christmas dinner party. Be sure to write out guests’ names with pretty penmanship, or print out place cards in a lovely computer font.
Whatever designs you select, your place card holders will be a welcoming addition to your seasonal party décor.