Should you be the type of parent who is actually able to wrangle the kids into assigned seats at a child’s birthday party (or say, at the children’s table at your adult party?) you’ll be needing place cards. You can even hand out the place cards when the kids walk in so they can claim their own seats. Either way, these fun ideas are so much better than a folded piece of card stock.

(And psst…wedding blogs can be a great source of inspiration.) –Liz

Candy necklace place cards | Cool Mom Picks

Candy necklace place cards

Would any child say no to these? Or come to think of it, any adult? Just make sure they’re eaten after the pizza and not before. (via la mariee aux pieds nus)


DIY butterfly place cards | Cool Mom Picks

Butterfly place cards
With a tutorial on this Belgian blog it doesn’t even matter if you can translate the Flemmish. These are so easy to do that I like them for that alone. Or hey, use any shape you want; all it takes is construction paper, scissors and a fork. (at TrouwPlaza, via veronique mimeault)


Printable chevron place cards | Cool Mom Picks

Printable chevron placecards
These printable placecards can be used as is, but they come to life when embellished with a simple wrap of thin ribbon and a bead or two. Really fun. Or just borrow the beading idea to jazz up any ordinary place cards. (via wedding chicks)


DIY apple place card idea | Cool Mom Picks

Apple Place Card ideas
Okay, so it’s not a candy necklace, but the parents will love you. Toss each one in the goodie bag at the end of the party, should they still be in eating-condition. (at bridal-buzz)


DIY pinwheel tutorial at Smock | Cool Mom Picks

DIY Pinwheel Place Cards
This gorgeous tutorial requires just pattern papers and these clear instructions. Write a name on each one using a sharpy, or just affix a label to the stick with the child’s name. Gorgeous. And a good way to distract the kids before cake. (At Smock Paper Co)


Cherry place cards by funkytime | Cool Mom Picks

Cherry place cards
Download the printable, attach to a toothpick or stick, and place in a cupcake wrapper filled with fresh cherries. (at


DIY sailboat place card | Cool Mom Picks

DIY sailboat place card
Again with the fruit! This is so great for a summer party, and honestly, it’s a cinch to put together with some very basic craft supplies. You can even have the kids make their own as a craft project when they walk in the door. (at Good Housekeeping)

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