Name Place Cards for Holiday Tablescapes – Sugar Cookie & Buttercream Recipe

Whether a small gathering or a large family feast, it is such a thoughtful gesture to set out name cards for your guests. There is something so special about knowing someone thought about and planned for you ahead of time. Creating place cards for your table setting does not have to be complicated. Use items you already have or intended to make and get a little creative with it. Here are some ideas.

Use sugar cookie cutouts to display a person’s name.

Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Use festive holiday, fruits, and vegetables.

Either write directly on the skin using a Sharpie, or you can tie a name tag to the stem.

Festive Holiday Vegetables
Festive Holiday Vegetables

Craft name place settings out of binder clips and cardstock.

Craft Name Place
Craft Name Place

Cookie pops are every kid’s favorite treat!

Use them as place settings.

Cookie Pops
Cookie Pops

Cardstock

Even more straightforward, print out the names on cardstock and then punch out with decorative craft punches, and place between the tines of a fork.

Cardstock
Cardstock

For years, sugar cookies have been one of my family’s go-to foods for place settings. You can cut them into so many different shapes with the help of cookie cutters, and they are inexpensive and straightforward to make. Besides, it is a yummy delicious treat!

Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 vanilla bean (scraped) or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • sugar to sprinkle

Grease a cookie sheet with butter or non-stick spray. Heat oven to 350º. Cream butter and coconut oil in a mixer. Add sugar and continue to mix for one minute. Add egg and vanilla bean. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually add it to the creamed mixture. Mix well.

Sprinkle flour onto the work surface. Roll out cookie dough. Dip cookie cutter into the flour then use it to cut cookies. Place onto greased cookie sheet. Repeat the process until you have used all the dough. Lightly dust cookies with sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before frosting.

Best Buttercream Recipe

This recipe is from my brother in law, the professional chef.
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract

First of all, buttercream frosting contains butter, not shortening. Many recipes call for shortening and several cups of powdered sugar. That is because it requires that much sugar to cover the taste of the shortening. Butter is healthier for you and requires you to use much less sugar.

You may have noticed that I gave no measurements for sugar or vanilla. That is because everyone tastes sugar at different levels. This recipe is the best buttercream recipe out there because it is designed for and by your tastebuds.

Cream the butter in a mixer for about five minutes or until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add a vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well. Taste it, if it needs more sugar, add 1/4 cup more. Mix. Taste. If it needs more sugar, add 1/4 cup more. Mix. Taste. Repeat until you have a flavor you like. Use it to frost cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and more!