19 Holiday Party Place Card Ideas to Steal From Weddings
While your holiday gathering won't require table numbers and escort cards, place cards are a wonderful way to add a sense of occasion to any celebration no matter what the dress code or theme. Steal these wedding place card ideas in every shape, size, and style for your holiday party.
Baked Good Place Cards
Want to start the party off on a sweet note? Simply add nametags to seasonal treats from your favorite bakery to turn them into place cards.
Cheese and Cracker Place Cards
Have your cheese and cracker course—a holiday party must-have—double as place cards. Select two or three delicious cheeses (we chose aged cheddar and manchego) and serve them with assorted crackers in small wooden baskets. Since cheese is best at room temperature, the baskets can be conveniently assembled an hour or two before guests arrive. Print card stock tags with guests' names; adhere to baskets with adhesive dots or double-sided tape.
Lichen Branch Place Card Holder
A twig propping up a place card may sound too easy to be elegant, but we assure you that it can be! The crisp and organic pairing atop natural-white napkins (a warm hue, which is perfect for cooler months) will pull a wintry party theme perfectly together. You can find lichen branches year-round in flower markets or even your own backyard.
Seasonal Citrus Place Card
Mini oranges tucked inside strips of folded parchment paper bring warm color to the reception table; they're also a nice palate cleanser between courses. Punch leaves from heavy paper, and have guests' names calligraphed or simply write them on yourself, then attach with waxed twine.
Holiday Trinket Place Card
Top each plate with a trinket bearing a paper name tag that reflects the holiday spirit, whether it be a turkey for Thanksgiving or a reindeer come Christmastime.
Napkin Roll Place Card Holder
Impress guests with this clever place card holder that's easier to pull off than it looks. A printed place card and a camellia bloom are tucked into a napkin made of raw silk, which keeps its shape well when rolled.
Stationery Place Card
Let party goers know exactly where they're sitting by putting personalized correspondence cards—a favor sure to come in handy during the holiday gift-giving season—at each setting.
Sterling Place Card Holder
Sterling silver place card holders in any shape you choose will add a twinkle to your table and can also serve as mementos for your guests.
Breadstick Place Card
Serve up a winning combination by having place cards display not only guest names but elegant hors d'oeuvres. Thin breadsticks are enriched with a lively flavor and hue when they're infused with extracts of beet, carrot, parsley, or tomato. You can also add classic breadsticks to the mix, as we did here; the array of colors echoes that of the flowers, becoming part of the table's overall design. To make the holder, affix place cards to straight-sided votive candle holders with strips of double-sided tape.
Baguette Place Card
Welcome loved ones to their seats with a feast for the eyes and the taste buds: Miniature baguettes double as seat assignments when name tags are tied on them with baker's string.
Personalized Box Place Card
A personalized box serves as both a place card and a favor container for seasonal treat. It comes flat, so you can decorate it, then fold it into shape. Have guests' names calligraphed so that the letters will trail down the sides of the box, and add curlicues on the inside flap.
Geometric Wooden Place-Card Holder
Mark guests' spots with inexpensive and eye-catching name-card bases, created by making a small cut in a wooden geometric shape of your choice.
Ribbon Place Card
A length of lime green grosgrain ribbon drawn through a notched place card is a bright take on the traditional Christmas color.
Napkin Ring Place Card Tags
Instead of place cards, opt for this unique idea: String metal trinkets and hand-punched name tags onto ribbons, then tie them around napkins to be laid at each spot.
Watercolor Napkin Ring Place Cards
A subtle wash of color on place cards offers a pleasant contrast to neutral place settings. These place cards also double as napkin rings: Download our editable clip art, then liven up each personalized band with a quick, watery brush of acrylic paint.
Wreath Place Cards
Top each plate with a wreath fashioned out of ivy and calligraph a single leaf in gold with a guest's name to serve as creative place card.
Bread Place Cards
For an edible version, attach place cards to a sprig of rosemary tied around a bread roll.
Playful Place Cards
For a unique way to assign seats, give guests a DIY version of Hershey's namesake treat. Pour tempered chocolate into molds; once set, remove from mold, place each on white tissue, add a name flag, and twist to seal.
Bread Place Card
Good taste that tastes good: Savory poppy-seed bread twists can anchor simple place cards at each setting.