The last few times we've had our friends over, I set out place cards at the table to alleviate the awkwardness that ensues when people aren't sure where to sit. One of my friends suggested I keep everyone's name cards since they'd surely be back soon. Smart, right?
Well I came up with another idea this weekend and I am fairly certain I one-upped my friend. Instead of having to stash different sets of place cards with names of friends, family members and foreign diplomats, what about place cards that can be reused for anyone? With any name? I'm talking about chalkboard place cards, people. That's right! I can recycle them for any occasion and simply wipe off the names with a damp cloth after the party ends.
I used tools I already had on hand including my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, a scoring board to get the perfect fold, and some chalkboard paint that I've been waiting to use on something for quite some time. You really don't need a cutting machine, I just like every excuse possible to use it. Some cardstock paper, scissors and glue will totally suffice.
Here's how I did it:
Two coats of the paint on my thick cardstock was all I needed to give my cards a chalkboard surface. Some paper gluing and layering also gave my cards the dimension I was hoping to achieve.
In retrospect I probably should have used a sturdier material like chipboard or wooden slabs for my non-disposable place cards, but I still have a whole lot of chalkboard paint left over. So there's certainly still time. And I guess now I have to have a lot more parties.