The holidays have us thinking about ways to remember all those folks — some who traveled FAR —  with whom we visited or shared a meal, celebrating and counting blessings.  So compiled our collection of traditional and not-so-traditional forms of “guest books”.

Graphic designer Pamela Hovland draws place settings on her Kraft paper covered tablecloth beforehand.  Everyone signs them and adds notes and greetings.

Pamela Hovland
Pamela Hovland

She cuts them out and sends them to guests in the days that follow, affixing an address sticker and stamps on them.

Pamela Hovland
Pamela Hovland

Cover your table with a big swath of cotton, muslin or Kraft paper and provide guests with fabric pens to write poems, draw, scribble as they talk and eat.

www.awm.gov.au
www.awm.gov.au

They just might become heirlooms….

charlestonmuseum.tumblr.com
charlestonmuseum.tumblr.com

Guest walls are pretty great, IF you’re willing to set aside a scrap of wall for whatever a guest devises, whether written…

Laura Handler
Laura Handler

Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

…covered with notes, polaroids,  and ephemera…

Todd Selby
Todd Selby

 

…We love these fabric covered “guest sofa and chair” signed with fabric markers

Phil Mansfield/NY Times
Phil Mansfield/NY Times

They don’t have to be upholstered. Wrapping them in white muslin or a drop cloth will do…

Stacey Harwood
Stacey Harwood

And then of course there is the very simple, wonderful idea of an actual guest book. One we’ve kept for years is crammed with thank you notes, wine labels, polaroids, notations of dinner, wines, who was there and other memorabilia.

Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

If you know great artists, as the legendary chef Fernand Point did, you just might get a drawing as a thank you, like this one by Jean Cocteau

guest book F Point Cocteau

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