When it's dinnertime in France, the natives shout À table!
which Les Petites Emplettes
, a small company outside of Paris in Boulogne-Billancourt that makes retro accessories for the home, has stamped onto these American-style labels -- an attempt to inject a bit of informality into the formal notion of orchestrating the seating arrangements at a dinner party...
When having a sit-down meal at someone's house, it can be reassuring to be told where to sit, if only to avoid taking the favorite seat of the host or having to play favorites with other guests. On the other hand, it can be annoying to be stuck next to someone your host thinks you should get to know or separated -- via the conventional seating chart wisdom -- from your date.
Place cards seem sensible for weddings, kids' birthday parties and formal sit-down dinners for a large and unassociated crowd -- but do you think that place cards have a place in the home?
Place cards from Les Petites Emplettes are available online here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com