We’ve all been there… you arrive at a dinner party and as you walk up to the table you are immediately thrust back into junior high. You peer around the table, wondering which seat you should take. It’s like being in the lunch room all over again… do you seat with the nerds who befriended you on the first day of school or the cool girls who will boost your social status… oh wait, that was a scene from Mean Girls… but you get the picture.
Recently at a friends birthday celebration, I was thrust back into this very scenario. It was grammar school all over again, minus the braces and knobby knees. As my husband and I walked into the room, we realized the small dinner party had been set up into three tables. Why did we have to be on time for once??? It would have been so much easier to arrive late and take the seats that were left. I began to silently panic on the inside. Do we sit with the birthday girl or were we being presumptuous…. doesn’t everyone want to sit with the guest of honor? Do we sit at another table? Will we know anyone? Decisions… Decisions!
This is why place cards were invented… to take the social anxiety out of where to put your derriere. After this last incident at my friends party, I have vowed to never have a sit down dinner party without place cards. And with so many ways to display seating arrangements, I am seriously thinking of having a dinner party just so I can create a fabulous place card (and send invitations… any reason to send an invitation and I’m in). I love the idea of a seating card being a little gift for your guests to take home or something that’s edible. Or maybe I’ll tie it around a napkin or hang it from the chair! So many ideas… so little parties to plan!
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Cherries photo from Hello Lucky, Pear photo from 100 Layer Cake, Fabric Table cards from Style Me Pretty, Potted place card by Martha Stewart, Bird cards on wine glasses by Martha Stewart, Cheese Starter place card by Martha Stewart, Hanging Flowers via Cottage Living, Starfish via Pink Avenue Bride, Succulent via Style me Pretty, Compass photo via Style Me Pretty