word of the week: table cards

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

escort cards

Table cards, also called escort cards, communicate one crucial piece of info: what table your guests are to sit at during dinner. They’re a must if you’re hosting a large seated dinner {i.e. more than one table} and should be displayed during cocktail hour.

If you’re doing a traditional tented card, the name goes on the outside and the table number goes on the inside; but if you’re doing a flat card, like in the example, the guest’s name would go on the front, while the table number would go on the back. There are lots of variations on table card design but be sure to include the guest’s name and the table number.

If you’re offering meal selections, a fish, beef or vegetarian option for instance, table cards deliver another key piece of info — what meal your guests will be having for dinner. On the outside of the card, you can communicate the guest’s meal choice to the server with a symbol, ribbon, or color of ink. You can also use a stamp set like this from paper source.

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