Turn-of-the-century Halloween party tablesettings (1910)

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For the Halloween party

More and more are place cards being used for occasions when guests, small or large, are to be seated at a table. They obviate difficulties in placing the diners, cause much merriment and give attractive souvenirs to be taken home.

You can buy place cards if you have the money; you can make them if you have a little time. Do not exclaim that you never had a talent for drawing or painting. You do not need it, for the work is done here for you. All that is necessary is a sheet of carbon paper or tracing paper, a sharp pencil, black ink and a few colors.

Simple suggestions

The suggestions are quite simple, which means that in an hour enough cards can be made to supply a dinner party or a children’s feast.

On stiff paper or lightweight cardboard, the work is easily done. One sheet, costing in the neighborhood of 5 or 10 cents, will make a dozen of these at least.

1910-witch-hatThe apple is perhaps the simplest. The dotted lines at one side show the folded paper. From these the curbed sides are cut and the stem and leaves put in with ink. A coat of color, yellow or red, can be washed over the upper part of the card, which is in reality a booklet. On the inside the name of each guest should be placed.

If the mystery of the night be emphasized, there is the witch’s cap and broom. Draw from the sketch upon white cardboard. Fill in the hat with black and make the broomstick yellow and the straws either yellow or dark gray. The name of the guest can be written or printed on the plain part of the oblong card. It is better to color all at once and cut out the entire lot last.

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The laughing pumpkin is typical of the holiday. If you can possibly purchase yellow cardboard, do so, as this halves the work. Draw upon it the outline of the pumpkin. You can do this by placing a piece of carbon paper over the white cardboard, and this newspaper over that; use a sharp, hard pencil and press firmly over every line in the sketch. The outline will be imprinted clearly on the cardboard, and it is easy work to ink in.

Candles and your future husband invariably are associated with the future-gazing on this eventful night. So why not have the candlestick for a place card?

Draw on white paper, color the holder yellow and let the candle remain white, suggesting by ink the burnt wick and the edge. Inscribe the guest’s name, or any suitable question, on the long, plain strip in front. The effect of these cards is great when on the table. A small strip of cardboard, pasted at the back and bent to form a stand, will allow this card to be placed in a natural, upright position.

Suppose that you are not thinking of a formal entertainment. Well, make these cards for the family dinner — just to make it different from other meals.

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