It’s almost time for Christmas dinner, but you still have time to make place card holders. Not only are these tutorials from various bloggers quick and easy, they’re also very well written. As I scoured the web for place card ideas, I realized that they aren’t just used to let your guests know where to sit anymore. They can also be used to identify the food on your buffet, tell whether your guest is to be served regular or decaf coffee, or as favors for your guests to take home after dinner. Why not let your crafts do double-duty? Your loved ones will marvel at your creative, yet pragmatic, hostessing prowess.

Karen from Sew Many Ways used plastic ornaments to make these lovely place card holders. They could be used year after year because they won’t shatter like glass ornaments might. Add in a few items from the hardware store and you’ll have these place cards done in no time.

You can “jingle all the way to Christmas dinner” using Jac o’lyn Murphy’s Holiday Place Card Holders. And they could not possibly be any simpler. Just grab a package of jingle bells – silver or gold – and print out some labels. All done!

Here’s a new use for office clips from ParisEstates. These place cards were embellished with stamps, but you could easily replace the stamped paper with holiday stickers. Here’s a neat suggestion from this creative blogger from Ontario: Use a photograph of your guest instead of their name for the place cards. Wouldn’t that look nice on your holiday table? (As long as your dinner guests are attractive, I guess;-)

Jen Carreiro from the inspiring wedding blog Something Turquoise used clear ornaments with flat bottoms, a little kosher salt and some sprigs of rosemary to make these festive place card holders. This blog is renowned for wedding crafts, but so many of Jen’s ideas can be adapted for your home holiday table.

These Candy Cane Place Card Holders from Industrious Justice couldn’t be cuter – or easier! Buy a bag of little candy canes for next to nothing and get out your trusty glue gun. You’ll probably spend more time getting the candy canes out of their individual wrappers than making the place card holders.

Is your table more on the natural side? These Pinecone Seating Card Holders are just the ticket. If you don’t have pinecones in your yard, you can buy a bag of them at your craft store. And don’t be afraid of using a hacksaw. (You might find that using it relieves some holiday stress.) The tutorial by Jeanish on her Project Wedding blog walks you through the three simple steps required for making these lovely place card holders.

These Mini Cranberry Wreath Place Card Holders from Say Yes are a little more involved, but they’re certainly worth it. Your guests could take home their wreaths and use them as ornaments on their Christmas tree. “Three cheers for stylish and crafty living” – just as this very top-notch blog endorses!

Do you have a few wine corks? I know I do. Kelly from My Soulful Home shows you how to turn them into lovely place card holders. Add a sprig of holly, some ribbon and a name tag to transform a plain napkin holder into a place card that’s sure to make your guests feel extra special.

These Christmas Cookie Place Cards are so cute! If you’re making sugar cookies this season anyway, why not add your guests’ names and let them do double duty – a place card and dessert all in one. Kathy from Cooking on the Side captured the essence of the season with this cute cookie idea.

As you may know from my previous posts, I love to sew. And although these Utensil Stockings from Jess at Craftiness is not Optional aren’t technically place card holders, all you’d have to do is add your guests’ names to the cuffs of the stockings and you’d be all set. Use glitter glue to add the names. Glitter glue comes in several colors in easy applicator pen form. Maybe you could put a chocolate kiss in the bottom of the stocking for a little after-dinner sweet.

Whichever tutorial you choose, I think you’ll agree that place cards holders on the dinner table elevate the whole holiday meal experience. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort taken to make them feel loved. And,after all, isn’t that what the holidays are for?

Merry Christmas from all of us at Bright Settings.