Published on August 22, 2017

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In lieu of the typical placemat, opt for a cutting board to stand in as the base of your place setting. This wooden cutting board accentuates the stunning color contrast of the tablescape, providing a refreshing change in texture. 

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Pair an eclectic slew of upcycled bottles and vessels with fresh wildflowers or vibrant dried florals. Create an intimate cluster that can double as a centerpiece or decor for the bar cart.

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Who knew that curtains could make for such a chic tablecloth? Ikea’s Alvine Spets tablecloth features an intricate lace design that’ll pair well with a modest and minimalist setup that skews towards the Scandinavian aesthetic. 

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We’re all for finding multipurpose uses for the everyday. Case in point? Wrapping paper that can be transformed into anything from garlands to party hats!

Get the how-to on Petit & Small.

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Photography by BRITTNI MEHLHOFF
Who knew that a waste basket could become such a stunning floral display? Utilize fall’s freshest florals to recreate this masterpiece, and give your dining table a centerpiece that’s truly unparalleled. 

Get the how-to on Paper and Stitch

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With the days getting shorter, additional lighting is a must for your next fete! Paired with low-wattage bulbs, these intricately stunning lanterns will surely elevate your party’s decor!

Get the how-to on Martha Stewart

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Disguise unsightly vases or centerpieces with a playfully patterned fabric, by recreating these clever wraps! It’s also a great way to instantly harmonize an otherwise eclectic assortment of pieces. 

Get the how-to on IKEA.

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These whimsical cupcake stands are a must for the dessert table! Composed of cork coasters and napkin rings, they offer plenty of opportunity for wildly colorful creations. 

Get the how-to on Paper & Stitch

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Every hostess deserves a little a thank you, and this dip-dyed piece is just the thing! All you need for this budget-friendly DIY is a porcelain dish and a splash of paint!

Get the how-to on The Everygirl

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We’re taking cues from Paper & Stitch, and sending out invites in edible form! Pair invites with these delicate tubes, and fill them with anything from fragrant spices to bite-sized snacks, giving guests a sneak peek of what’s to come!

Get the how-to on Paper and Stitch

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Spruce up your servingware with a colorful twist by opting for a chic dip-dye plus a fun graphic stamp. That salad bowl is already looking much better!

Get the how-to on The Everygirl

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Upgrade a standard tray to a heat-resistant trivet by simply adhering rolls of rope to a wooden piece. Yep, it’s as easy as that!

Get the how-to on Dream Green DIY.

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Nobody likes a table clad with water rings. Set out these mod coasters ahead of time, and consider your tables safe for the night. 

Get the how-to on Inkstruck.

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Fall parties and tailgates pretty much go hand-in-hand. Next time you’re cheering for your go-to team, opt for a more chic alternative to the standard fan gear. 

Get the how-to on Oh Happy Day.

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Bring a touch more color to your tablescape by elevating the settings. Take to linen napkins with a vibrant splash of paint or an intricate design for a more dynamic feel. 

Get the how-to on IKEA.

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Create a centerpiece by combining faux florals with a wired wreath. Not only will they last throughout the duration of the evening, you can also create them ahead of time, and reuse them often!

Get the how-to on IKEA.

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Use these milk bottle-inspired vases to give your space a little extra flair! Simply tie each one to a post or chair and pair with a delicate fall floral!

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Pair delicate tea towels with printed menus and flatware, and wrap the trio up with a simple strand to create a rather chic place setting. Attach a handwritten name card to each bundle for good measure!

Get the scoop on Ruffled

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An easy color block reinvents IKEA’s Skogsta box into a style-focused transport for drinks and more!

Get the how-to on Lil’Luna.

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Transform ordinary cutting boards into chic serving surfaces, which can even double as a gift for the host! Take the DIY a step further by strapping on a leather strand to the handle. 

Get the how-to on My Fabulous Life.

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Photography by KATE LA VIE

Send guests off with party favors they’ll actually use. These dainty pots decked in graphic patterns and filled with mini cacti will remind them of fun times, daily! 

Get the how-to on Katie La Vie

Originally published August 2016. Updated August 2017.

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