diy best of: entertaining

We are on the precipice of holiday season, so I figured a round-up of our best entertaining DIY projects might prepare us for the impending slew of gatherings and dinners in the months ahead. Looking through our archives, I discovered tons of quick, easy projects perfect for hostess gifts, cocktail parties and general dining room fix-me-ups. If you’re feeling the need to address your table linens or looking for inspiration in some awesome small crafts, I highly recommend scrolling through the projects below. Enjoy! — Kate

Image above: Matt’s beautiful solid wood salt dish + bud vase would make a grand statement on any diner’s table.

Image above: Ashley’s picture frame serving tray is a fun way to display old fabric, artwork or patterned paper.

Image above: Jessica’s vintage postage stamp coasters would make a great hostess gift, but be sure to make a few for yourself, as well :)

Image above: Lovely and sophisticated beachcomber napkin rings by the BBB Craft sisters

Image above: Create a custom wood-burned birdie tray

Image above: This project couldn’t be simpler or more clever — throw an instant party with these painterly paper cups.

Image above: Halligan’s awesome hex-symbol-painted wood coasters are perfect for a festive autumnal gathering.

Image above: Fast and easy photo-transfer table linens

Image above: Derek & Lauren’s pretty knot trivet

Image above: Dress up your table with Kristy’s feather and leather band napkin rings.

Image above: Another awesome trivet project from Derek & Lauren

Image above: You don’t need a laser cutter to make Kelly’s delicate midsummer night placemats.

Image above: Ashley’s etched map serving tray is so lovely, it can easily become a permanent fixture on your table.

Image above: Gotta love a lazy Susan, especially this adorable embroidered version.

Image above: Create an elegant, organic dining table with the BBB Craft sisters’ botanical stencil linens.

Image above: Serve your loved ones tea on Derek and Lauren’s adorable mini-mosaic serving tray.

Kim (at

i love all the trays and the painted cups. i tend to think of the diy entertaining as fun food or drink related projects, but these are awesome ideas! and they can be used over and over again. i also wrote about hostess or housewarming party gifts on my blog today, ,but I’d love to try one of these DIYs as a gift.


Oh how lovely to read this post and see those felt placemats I made — I’m honored to be included in the roundup!

Jemma Smith

I love how the plain white oilcloth tablecloth has been transformed into what could be a designer product with the simple stencils applied. Great work!