To create this sea-inspired escort-card display, start by covering a 1/2-inch-thick foam board with fabric; secure tightly on back with gaffer's tape. To affix seating cards, slide pins through pewter anchor charms and glue together with a dab of magna-tac (available at hardware stores).
This suite evokes the feel of old letters and postcards, complete with a sailing motif and an all-American palette.
Clockwise from top left: Airmail envelope (letterboxco.com), Martha Stewart Crafts anchor craft punch (michaels.com), kraft-paper tag (acmoore.com), navy A7 envelope (paperpresentation.com), postage stamps (championstamp.com), our clip art invitation, postcard (zazzle.com).
Fold your napkins in thirds, then use tape to affix a stencil to the center. Soak a small foam brush in fabric paint, and dab it over the letters. Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Felix Populi linen napkins (felixpopuli.com), "Love" stencil (stencilease.com), Versatex #26 ink (dharmatrading.com).
Salute nautical Nantucket, Cape Cod, Mystic, or other coastal areas with sailors' rope bracelets that shrink to fit (1856countrystore.com). Or bestow "The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing, and Ropework" to show guests the ropes.