A Seat for Everyone

526847ff697ab06486008fc9._w.540_s.fit_Not everyone loves assigning seats. I actually do. I think it takes a burden off your guests for you to select their seat. You can place people next to or across from one another that you know would love to catch up. You can seat someone next to a person they admire, but have been to shy to talk to. You can draw the conversation in by placing the chattiest people in the center. It’s truly fun to orchestrate seat assignments in a way that you believe will create a meaningful dynamic.

And, as long as you’re assigning seats, you might as well do it with style!Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 6.56.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 6.59.07 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.00.27 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.01.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.02.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.03.48 PMWhether you have a gathering of 4 or 24, giving everyone a special place card ensures they know they were expected and that you are excited they are there.

A place for everyone and everyone in their place.


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A Place for Everyone

One story in the Nov/Dec issue of Traditional Home really caught my attention. It highlights the holiday traditions of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury brand Juliska. You already know the table settings will be divine. But, what really caught my attention were the details that Capucine incorporates into her table settings.

Boston-based calligrapher, Pier Gustafson, created beautiful place cards for her table. One side has the person’s name, on the other a fun question, such as “Can you name all the Reindeer?” to keep the conversation moving. 

You could incorporate this idea for your Thanksgiving table with questions, such as “Stuffing or potatoes?”, “Do you prefer dark meat or white”, “What are you most thankful for?” or “Pumpkin, apple or pecan pie?”.

And, in case you think place cards are a bit stuffy, think of them as strategic seating assignments. You’re guaranteed a spot next to your favorite relative!

Here is an example of one Pier did for the children’s table.

 And, finally….I couldn’t help but notice the Gratitude banner, which the family adds to through the months of November and December. They keep track of people, places and things that they are grateful for. The best tradition of all!

If you want to have a specific place for everyone, you can handwrite the place cards yourself or if you want to take it up a notch, enlist the help of a talented calligrapher. 

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Places, everyone….it’s almost Thanksgiving!

images: John Bessler for Traditional Home Nov/Dec 2013

Correspondence Crush

Always on the lookout for stylish stationery, I was thrilled to find something new in the “hot off the web” issue of LONNY magazine.
Always in the know, Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Adams highlighted stationery from Mr. Boddington’s Studio…so I had to learn more.
Whether you need to announce the arrival of a new bundle of joy, want to set a cheeky tone at your rehearsal dinner or just drop a posh note in the mail….this is a source to consider. Just look at those liners!
You have a signature style….what’s your signature stationery?
images: LONNY, Mr. Boddinton’s Studio