Tablescaping involves the setting of a themed table in artful and decorative ways. Creating labels or signs for your food spread has several benefits to the tablescape as well as to you and your guests! Read on to see what I used for a recent party and some other suggestions I have rounded up.
Once you have chosen your menu, write it out on signs or tented cards. Then put those on display in the kitchen as you work. My husband and I refer to them throughout our party prep to remind us of what we need to work on next. It helps us make sure we have all the ingredients and all the food prep organized.When it's time to start setting up for the party, position the signs where you plan to place the food. This will help create the layout for the spread and will ensure everything has a place. Then when food gets put out, you (or anyone helping) knows exactly where it should go. I think this is the most obvious reason for making food signs! Instead of guests guessing what something is, especially if you have a sauce or drink or something that is not easily identifiable, they can simply read the sign!If you are going to make signs, you might as well make sure they are on theme! As I am sure you can tell, I love to theme as many things as I can throughout a party and this is no exception. For the Dinosaur themed party I recently hosted, I incorporated colored dinos into my signs. For Christmas parties, I use tented cards that have Christmas images on them. Incorporating your theme into your sign or food cards can really add to the tablescape.
There are so many ways you can display the food menu on signs. I love the chalkboard signs that I recently used but there are other options and ways to go about doing it.
- Gold rimmed frames - these Gold frames are my latest go-to. They can be classed up for more formal events (I used at a Christmas party) but they can also be more casually used (they were used at my sons Superhero Birthday party)
Chalkboards - the chalkboards are more of a statement since they are larger than a tented option. To make the Dinos and Titles for each sign, I used my Cricut. They are double-sided so I plan to use the other side for another themed party coming up!
Tented Place Cards - At our Christmas parties, I typically use blank tented place cards that I write the food on and add a Christmas themed sticker. The tented cards are an easy DIY method for anyone lacking a printer/Cricut machine. Just write the food and add a sticker! There are many different sizes and colors available to compliment a theme. I love the classy look of this Gold Bordered set I found on Amazon.
Etsy Shop for Printables - Etsy has lots of sellers who specialize in tented food printables as well. The PrintableStudio505 has lots of themes from kids Birthday parties to Bridal Showers and Baby shower themes and more.
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