Instead of throwaway paper place cards, etched glasses announce the seating arrangement. Start with simple tumblers, and have them etched at a trophy shop for around $2 each. (Tara’s tumblers came from CB2 and cost just $2 apiece.) The personalized glasses can be used for holiday gatherings year after year.
Glasses: Marta Double Old-Fashioned; cb2.com.
Glass etching: ABC Trophies, Inc., Summerville, SC; abctrophies.com.
Dinner plates: Pompadour in Gold/White by Royal Worcester, discontinued but available through replacements.com.