Place Card Primer: Party Picks

I have been stocking up on fun party picks lately.  They are typically made of plastic or glass with interesting, decorative tops for snagging buffet fare and bite-size appetizers, but I think they make clever place cards.

Here are some Asian-style parasol picks from a new set that I bought:

To turn a party pick into a place card: add a piece of craft paper with the name of the guest, and cut a short strip extending from one end of the name card.  Then, wrap the strip tightly around the pick, and secure it firmly with a thin scrap of clear tape.

Stick the picks into chunks of bread, pastries, or desserts (like small cakes, cupcakes, mini pies, and puddings) to mark each place setting.