For a pretty and super-simple place name, combine white card with luxe ribbon and some clever styling. 

Print names on to white card. Cut these into rectangles and stick on to coloured card, leaving a thin border. Slice a slit either side of the name and feed the ribbon through, creating a loop big enough for a napkin to fit behind the card (2). Once the napkin is in place, pull the ribbon tight and cut the ends into a V-shape to finish. 

White card, £3.80 for 10 A4 sheets, and peach card, 60p per A4 sheet, paperchase.co.uk. Pink ribbon with gold trim, from £1.25 per m, Lyndons Stitch & Beads 020 7727 4357. Side plate, 21p, to hire, joneshire.co.uk. Dinner plate, wine glasses, napkin, cutlery and tablecloth 

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As seen in the January/February 2014 issue of Brides