Although tea party place cards are not an essential ingredient in a well-set tea table, they do make guests feel special which is always worth the little extra effort. They can also prove useful if you want to seat certain guests who haven’t met yet but share common interests together. Place cards are also valuable tools in matchmaking!
As mentioned in the page on tea party favors, remember that place cards can often double as party favors that guests can take home to remember the occasion. To help you brainstorm the perfect tea party place card beyond the traditionally formal embossed card with silver holder, below is a list of ideas to get you started.
- Look for antique picture frames at the flea market or antique shop. Frame a pretty card bearing the guest’s name or a picture of the guest if you happen to have one. Pictures of guests serve as unique tea party place cards – No writing needed!
- Bake or buy large fancy cookies and write each guest’s name on one with icing.
- If you enjoy stitching, pretty linen napkins can serve direct guests to the proper seat when monogrammed with guest initials.
- A handwritten letter or card, sealed in an envelop with the guest’s name will make everyone feel welcome. Write a personalized note for each guest or perhaps include a favorite poem or song lyrics chosen especially for them. If you have a travel theme, write a note on post cards instead.
- Write guest initials on petit fours or names on small individual cakes, pies, or tarts for a dessert tea party.
- Use objects related to the party’s décor as place card holders. For example, try sticking the cards in pinecones for a party in the fall. Use fruit as holders by slicing a slit for the card fruits like an apple, orange, or lime. Wine corks are also popular holders, especially for a dinner party where wine will be served.