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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, 2000


  • 1-inch-deep tray

  • 1/4-inch foam board

  • Sand

  • Glue

  • Colored paper

  • Cocktail umbrellas


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

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

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