Looking for a table setting idea that will add a unique flair to your table for a special party or holiday gathering? There's many different things you can do if you use a little creativity and each of these will add a uniqueness to your table setting.
Place Cards - place cards add a 1950's nostalgia to any dinner party and can be a lot of fun too. You can scour antique malls for vintage place cards - some you can add the persons name on a piece of paper and others are porcelain so you can write right on them with a special erasable pen.
Hand Painted Glassware - Enhance your party theme with hand painted glasses that you paint yourself! You can buy inexpensive glassware (try the dollar store, consignment stores, or craft stores) and then buy special paint that is made to be used on glass. Set aside some time and paint the glasses in a pattern that matches your party theme or holiday for a very unique table setting idea!
Specialized place mats - You can make specialized place mats by using plain linen mats and stamps with fabric inks - buy stamps that match your party theme. Or you can buy clear (see-through) plastic place mats and slip some photos relevant to the people at the party in between two mats - glue the sides together and you have a personalized table setting idea! You can make photocopies of the photographs so you don't have to use up your precious photos and to make sure there is enough to go around.
Centerpiece Gifts - Everyone loves free gifts! Have your table centerpiece hold them and give them away as a remembrance to your party go-ers. You can have a 3 tiered server in the middle of the table that holds the gifts. Wrap the gifts in matching gift wrap or in little matching bags. If it is a holiday party, have a big sleigh in the middle of the table and put the gifts in that!
Personalized Napkin Rings - You an use this table setting idea to personalize each setting to the person that sits there. Buy plain napkin rings and glue on little embellishment that have meaning to that person. Or you could make all the rings go with your party theme. You can buy little doo dahs to glue on in the scrapbooking section of your crafts store - you can get almost anything and some of that stuff is too cute!