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Set a Dickensian Table

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Introduction

Evoke a Victorian Christmas with place cards that resemble elegant paper scrolls. To make them, cut a 1-by-8-inch strip from heavyweight paper, and trim the ends at a 45-degree angle. Write a guest's name on top, centering it on the strip. To curl the ends, as shown, wrap them around a smooth-sided pen or pencil. At every place setting, lay a scroll atop a sprig of holly.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

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Reviews (7)

  • thebusinessbabe 21 Dec, 2010

    Hit enter too early. Can't recall link but had "holiday entertaining tips" in title. Was essentially promoting a company called "tablevogue" that is a slipcover-type tablecloth for folding tables. Pretty classy looking. Wish I would have come up with it.

  • thebusinessbabe 21 Dec, 2010

    Love this and Martha Stewart! Just watched similar video on youtube. Can't recall link

  • debbie_k19 26 Dec, 2008

    This would be very nice for any holiday or special dinner. Just by changing the decoration underneath to fit the occasion. And I think the computer idea is excellent.

  • filbou 25 Dec, 2008

    I just did this while finishing last minute prep for Christmas dinner ! Looks very pretty atop little cedar branches ! Easy, fast and elegant ! What more could I ask for ?

  • filbou 25 Dec, 2008

    I just did this while finishing last minute prep for Christmas dinner ! Looks very pretty atop little cedar branches ! Easy, fast and elegant ! What more could I ask for ?

  • MaPT 25 Dec, 2008

    Instead of handwriting the name, I use a fancy, script font, which is centered to the page. This makes it easier to enlarge the type for easier reading and/or to use different colors to complement your table setting. Space lines of names for the 1 inch strip. You can trim a 1/4" off each side before cutting into strips or leave as is for a little more curl.

  • MaPT 25 Dec, 2008

    Instead of handwriting the name, I use a fancy, script font, which is centered to the page. This makes it easier to enlarge the type for easy reading and to use different colors to complement your table setting. Space lines of names for the 1 inch strip. You can trim a 1/4" off each side before cutting into strips or leave as is for a little more curl.