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What are some uses of tabletop holders?

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Tabletop holders display cards, menus, seat numbers or names, brochures, and other decorative and informational items. A holder may anchor the tablecloth while it cradles a candle or a single flower. Tabletop holders range from napkin rings for individual place settings to footed baskets designed to hold a stack of paper napkins. Inventive hostesses can create tabletop holders from unexpected materials to enhance holiday or special occasion dining table decor.

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Plain metal card holders with ring or pincer tops are serviceable for table numbers but lack decorative charm. A twist of gold jewelry wire stuck in a foam or real apple is a good choice for a fall feast. Wrapping the wire around a pen two or three times creates a tight spiral to hold a hand-lettered name card. Miniature pumpkin-like gourds, hollowed out to hold a single tea light each, are tiny tabletop luminarias that may also be painted with table numbers for a reception. Clear acrylic holders showcase menus with either calligraphy for catered events or regular printed restaurant menus. Sturdy metal ring clip or harp clip holders won't tip over in high-traffic social functions, and they can handle the weight of sales brochures on counters or at conferences and conventions.

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