The most classic fold used on seating cards is brought to new heights when seating assignments rest on top of a pillow of carnations.
Cut several standard bricks of floral foam in half horizontally, soak in water, and place in shallow plastic flower-box trays. Snip off the carnation heads, leaving a little bit of stem on each, and insert into the foam; each half-brick should hold about two dozen carnations and four seating cards.
It takes only three supplies -- vintage fabric flowers, map pins, and glue -- to bring your seating assignments into bloom. Just add a drop of glue to the back of a pinhead, pierce the center of each blossom, then spear the cards to a foam board covered in fabric.
Tinsel Trading Co. vintage lilacs. Latitudes Map & Travel Store map pins. Martha Stewart Modern Classic Kensington table cards, crane.com.
Create this slick display by affixing vinyl Helvetica number stickers to calligraphed ivory escort cards, adding a strip of metallic tape to the sides, top, or both.
Chartpak 1-inch vinyl numbers, duall.com. Crane & Co. escort cards, V841301A. Nasco Metallic Mylar craft tape pack. ArtEmboss copper foil tape, robertscrafts.com. Canford card stock in metallic silver, NY Central Art Supply, 800-950-6111.
The negative space on these clean cards creates an artistic effect.
Cover an art canvas with silk dupioni fabric, then glue as many vintage buttons as there are invitees onto the front. Print names and table numbers onto pieces of card stock, and tape (or glue) a loop of blue embroidery ribbon to the back of each one. Hang the cards from the buttons, and display the canvas on an easel during the cocktail hour.