Seating card how-tos reflecting a love of the sun, sand, and ocean.
A collection of shells and ocean-y elements, arranged like a cabinet of curiosities, sets the tone for a shoreside celebration and makes getting guests to their seats a breeze.
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Escort Cards in a Bottle
This escort card display is clever and inexpensive. To create it, purchase a miniature cork-topped vial for every guest (steer clear of tapered necks, since they make note-removal difficult). Write the name on one side of a 2-by-3-inch piece of paper and the table number on the other. Roll up the paper and slide it into a bottle with the name facing outward, and cork it. Then fill a shallow glass dish with sand, and arrange the bottles so that the writing is visible. For large events, use several dishes and organize the vials by letter. Scatter in small seashells as a final touch.
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Shell Escort Card Holders
Perfect for a wedding by the ocean, these scallop shells clasp table designations as if bearing treasures from the sea. Guests pull out their cards to discover their table numbers, which are hidden behind the shells.
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Parasol Escort Cards
These cheerfully colored umbrellas sporting seating assignments can dot miniature sand dunes at the entrance to a summer reception.
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Instead of numbers to assign guests their tables, use names of seashells. Each type of shell represents a different table.
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Beach Chair Escort Cards
Play up a beach theme with these petite chaise longues and parasols. Print guests’ names and table numbers onto decorative paper, and then cut out rectangles and curve them into lounge chairs (pull the paper back and forth along the edge of a table while holding it taut to achieve the wave). Then arrange them in a sand-filled tray, and adorn each seat with a bright umbrella.