Details, Details: A New Take on Event Table Numbers

If you were to ask me what event planning really boils down to, I’d say the answer is easy. Details — both creative and logistical. The details are what make an event one to remember, and the planning so excitingly complicated. Today marks the kick-off of a 6-week series on event details that are often either not fully developed, or worse — forgotten about entirely. First, the creative details:

Table Numbers

Most event venues include the use of standard printed table numbers (often black numbers on white paper or plastic) and stanchions (metal bars that hold table numbers). While the use of these is easy, there are so many creative ways to mark event tables that can carry through a theme, or be personalized to the occasion being celebrated.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (and Even More Memories!)

Nothing makes an event more unique and special than photos of the person or people who are being celebrated that day! I love the use of engagement photos as table numbers at a wedding, ultrasound or growing belly photos as table numbers at a baby shower, or pictures of a couple’s life together as table numbers for their special anniversary celebration. If you plan in advance, you can incorporate actual numbers (made of fabric, painted wood, etc.) in photos (this works especially well for engagement photos), or you can be crafty and add numbers (cut from fabric, paper, etc.) to photos already taken.

Freestanding Numerals

Most craft stores carry actual numbers of various sizes made of wood or cardboard that are the perfect base for a creative transformation! These can be painted, polished, distressed, wrapped in wire, covered in moss, bejeweled — you name it — to create a functional and beautiful addition to an event’s tablescape.

Creatively Framed

Start with fun frames — either all the same or eclectically different — and go from there! Some of my favorite uses of frames as table numbers include utilizing cork board, fabric or chalkboard paint as a base. Add numbers in buttons, a contrasting fabric or chalk (respectively) for a unique and theme-carrying display!

Stay tuned for next week’s Creative Detail #2: Alternatives to The Guest Book!

What event details do you feel are often forgotten about?! I’d love to address them in an upcoming blog post!


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