For our place card holders, we originally wanted to use something following the fall/pumpkin theme and were considering baby pumpkins with a slit in the stem to hold each card. However, another idea from my mom got us to reconsider and take a completely different route instead.
We nixed the pumpkin idea and decided to use this area of the wedding to incorporate something prominent in our lives – baseball!
We had the idea to cut slits into the top of the baseballs to insert the place cards into, but one of my mom’s friends gave us a great suggestion – use wire place card holders, clip them in half and insert the bottom half into the bottom of the baseball and the other into the top of the ball – genius!
We had a couple different options for the wire place card holders to use but decided on a simple gold heart.
We used wire cutters to cut each in half.
And ended with heart bases for our baseballs and spiral card holders for the top.
We ordered a bucket-load of baseballs that were imprinted with J ♥ B in gold.
And then used a dremel and a drill press to drill small holes into the top and bottom of each baseball.
The pile of baseballs seemed never-ending but Brian was a trooper!
We inserted the heart-shaped bottom of the wire holder into the bottom of the baseball to serve as the base and then used the top half of the wire holder in the top of the baseball to hold the place cards.
The hardest part was making sure that the hole on the top was directly even with the bottom hole already drilled into the opposite side of the ball. To make sure all were exact, we used the same heart base that was marked with exactly where it should be aligned on the drill press base in order to have precise holes. Time consuming? Yes. Successful? Yes.
Each place card was printed on off-white card-stock with gold trim and listed each individual guest or couple and their table assignment.
The paper we used for the cards also matched our ceremony programs and our dinner menus used at the reception – all from LCI Paper. Upon purchase, a template for each paper was available for download, making the formatting of our own program, menus and place cards quite simple.
This DIY project required a little more work than some of our others but was totally worth it. I loved how it added a touch of baseball – another personal touch – to our reception!