As promised, I am continuing this Christmas week with ideas for entertaining at home. I am a day late but I did have a good excuse – last night was a company holiday party that I planned and I’m happy to report that it was a success – I’ll have more info on that next week, but I definitely was able to follow my own advice because the party was not a disaster.
On Monday I featured centerpiece ideas – today I have some ideas for place settings and place cards. Even if you don’t have so many guests that you “need” assigned seats, I love doing place cards. It’s a fun way to add a little something special to the table, especially if you don’t have room for a centerpiece – which is most likely going to be the case for me, since I always overdo it with the food. Just about all these ideas are DIY-friendly, too!
This one is simple and elegant. You can use any sort of cloth napkin (unless you want to go crazy and monogram each napkin for the guest using it – but that seems… excessive), tie with a bit of twine and add in a sprig of holly or some greenery and berries. This doesn’t have to look rustic unless you want it to. Photo via Emily Ann Interiors:
For something a little more overtly rustic (if that’s your thing), you can wrap your napkin with twine and a cinnamon stick and a sprig of holly or some greenery. This also looks great for a buffet line. Photo via Vintage House:
For a little more effort you can make these burlap silverware pouch. If you like the concept but want something less rustic, you can sub the burlap for any other fabric. You can use any sort of label as well. Photo and DIY directions via HGTV:
For something a little simpler, I think this candy cane pipe cleaner monogram is adorable. You just twist the red and white pipe cleaners together so it looks like a candy cane, then shape into a letter. Pair it with an evergreen sprig and it’s an adorable, whimsical place card. Photo via Better Homes & Gardens:
I love tying an ornament to a ribbon – this particular ribbon goes in the rustic, shabby chic direction, but this would look lovely with an elegant piece of satin as well. You can even personalize the ornaments if you wish to make it a favor. Photo via Susie Watson Designs:
Finally, for a bit more whimsy, I love these old Christmas bulbs. You can take a marker and write the names on them so it works as a place card. Very cute – if you were going for a particular color scheme this would be a great way to incorporate the colors. Photo via Taste of Home:
Stay tuned tomorrow for more tips of Christmas entertaining! And in case you missed it, here are my suggestions for Christmas table centerpieces!