If your everyday dinnerware is also your special occasion dinnerware, you might be feeling short on that extra spark needed for dinner parties. In addition to a beautiful centerpiece, place cards are a super easy way to inject a little formality and style into your dining table arrangement. Check out our ideas for easy and green place cards, after the jump.Shown above the jump, from left to right
1 A Potted Plant: One of my favorite ideas, which I plan on using for a number of events. Succulents, moss or even pots of herbs make for not only a great place card, but also a favor for your guests.
2 Natural or Found Items: Place cards don't get much easier or cheaper than this — simply use any relevant object you have laying around the house such as a fork, or get creative with out door elements such as colorful leaves, tree spurs or twigs. Use a sharpie, ribbon or string to label your guests names on the place cards.
3 Corks: If you're having any parties this season you'll likely be drink more than enough wine and compiling plenty of corks. For your dinner party just cut in a slot longways in the cork, and slice of the bottom for a flat and stable card holder.
4 Produce: Apples and small gourds make perfect seasonal place cards for this time of year, though any small size produce could be used. Use a marker to write directly on the product or tie a tag around the stem.
5 Preserves: Share your summer bounty of homemade preserves with your guests — a small jar of preserves makes for a colorful and tasty place card and favor.
(Images: 1 Martha Stewart & The Wedding Chicks; 2 Roundup: Last Minute Table Setting Ideas & Apartment Therpay; 3 Apartment Therapy; 4 The Kitchn; 5 2 Chic Events & Design. Originally published 2010-11-18)