Buttons top these petit-four favors, which are set on cupcake papers, then nestled into glassine-lined black and white boxes, their lids swapped. Double-sided tape secures the ends of aqua ribbon underneath calligraphed labels.
Recalling the winning air of an award rosette, this little adornment flourishes even in the depths of winter. Use a kit (found at notions shops) to convert the fabric into covered buttons. To make, sew a smaller button on top of a larger one with embroidery floss. Glue to the head of a hat pin with jeweler's glue.
You might say these buttoned-up seating cards have a touch of clasp. The holders securely prop the cards thanks to stitched pairs of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons that act as removable clips. Use mismatched styles for a note of whimsy; keep things elegant with a simple palette of dove-gray card stock and pale-yellow ink.
Calligraphy by Deborah Delaney (212-877-8773).