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Personalizing Your Tablescape

November 3, 2015

When entertaining, a well-set table doesn’t have to be fancy or cost a lot of money to look cohesive and beautiful. Sometimes, a little bit of greenery from your garden added to a small vase, or a simple apple used as a place card holder can completely transform a tablescape.

Taking the time to personalize your table by incorporating place cards is a great way to make your guests feel welcome and impart the love you’ve put into preparing the meal. The good news is that personalized place cards – while they may look like they took loads of time to prepare – only take a few minutes to make, and go a long way with guests.


To make the place card holder, wrap sturdy craft wire around a pencil, pen or dowel twice and insert card between the loop.

We paired our place card holders with simple foliage like this olive branch, but you can use any seasonal greenery or even herbs such as rosemary or mint.

There are three different place cards to choose from. Use one, or alternate all three.

Remember that the best gatherings are those where great conversation, laughter and fellowship are happening. When planning to entertain, don’t stress about the little things. Focus on the memories you’re making gathered around a table with those who matter most.

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