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Parasol Seating Cards

These cheerfully colored umbrellas sporting seating assignments dot miniature sand dunes at the entrance to a summer reception.




  • 1-inch-deep tray
  • 1/4-inch foam board
  • Sand
  • Glue
  • Colored paper
  • Cocktail umbrellas


  1. Step 1

    You'll need a 1-inch-deep tray, a sheet of 1/4-inch foam board cut to fit into bottom of the tray, and some sand. Lay the foam board in the tray, and cover with sand. Drizzle sand unevenly, sifting a bit more here and there to form dunes.

  2. Step 2

    Print your seating assignments onto colored paper, and cut them into strips; glue strips to the shafts of the umbrellas.

  3. Step 3

    Poke the umbrellas through the sand into the foam board at an angle so guests can easily find their names.

Martha Stewart Weddings, 2000



Reviews (7)

  • wendyjz407 12 Aug, 2012

    where can I get a nice tray to hold the sand??

  • Stedney718 23 May, 2010

    I am doing this for my reception and I am concerned about the labels staying on. I found my trays at a restaurant store. They have deep baking sheets.

  • khinkel 13 Mar, 2010

    I made my own umbrellas to match by beach theme. Cute!

  • kiwi78 7 Mar, 2010

    krismil - how did you do the labels? did you buy them or do them yourself? thanks!

  • KrisMil 20 Feb, 2010

    We found the parasols at the dollar store and used printed labels with a design, but we are really struggling with finding a tray/pan that is large enough to hold them all!!

  • Toolis70 12 Aug, 2009

    I love this idea! But I can't find parasols in solid colors or a stripe pattern. Does anyone have any ideas on where I can find these?

  • laurynandkirvan 9 Feb, 2009

    This is the most wonderful idea I have seen yet!