25 DIY Summer Entertaining Projects

In the summertime there’s nothing I love more than hosting a gathering of friends or family. And I find it especially fun to add some DIY touches to create a memorable experience for my guests. Whether it’s cloth napkins, a table runner, napkin rings, a tablecloth, or even a bunting, these tutorials will make it possible for you to add your own unique touch to your next party.

1. Classic Bunting

The Goodness has an easy tutorial for the classic bunting. Hang this in your trees and everyone will know it’s time for a party.

classic bunting

2. Fabric Star Garland

A garland stitched from fabric stars is a quick way to make your backyard feel patriotic this summer. Tutorial by Aesthetic Nest.

star garland

3. Ruffled Streamers

These ruffled streamers by MADE would be so much fun to make for a summer fiesta. Or for a birthday party in the guest-of-honor’s favorite colors.

ruffled streamers

4. Framed Linen Napkins

These linen napkins by the Purl Bee are “framed” in ombre colors of a summer sunset. They’d be perfect for a dinner under the stars.

color-framed napkins

5. Reversible Double-Stitched Napkins

A double needle would make sewing these reversible double-stitched napkins by Living With Punks a breeze! Having a stack of these at the ready woul d make any impromptu barbecue beautiful!

double-stitched napkins

6. Calico Napkins and Pom-Pom Napkin Rings

These calico napkins and pom-pom napkin rings by Aesthetic Nest would add a youthful, feminine touch to an al fresco lunch.

calico napkins, pom-pom napkin rings

7. Bound Edge Napkins

The pretty bound edge on these napkins by Alidiza would dress up a summer celebration.

bound-edge napkins

8. Mitered Corner Napkins

These pretty mitered corner napkins by Pretty Prudent can double as a gift at a summer wedding or baby shower.

mitered napkins

9. Rickrack Reversible Placemats and Napkins

What could be more fun at a child’s birthday than vintage-looking placemats and napkins trimmed in rickrack? Tutorial by Aesthetic Nest.

rick-rack napkins and placemats

10. Kitschy Napkin Rings 

These Kitschy Napkin Rings by Frolicking Freckles would be the topic of conversation at your next ladies’ lunch.

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kitschy napkin rings

11. Buttonhole Napkin Ties 

These buttonhole napkin ties by Aesthetic Nest makeit easy to add a party motif toeach table setting.

buttonhole napkin ties

12. Reversible Buttoned Napkin Rings 

These reversible napkin rings by Pretty Prudent double as a place card holder. A great way to help your guests find their seats.

reversible napkin rings

13. Pom-Pom Trimmed Reversible Tablecloth

This pom-pom trim would make any backyard gathering feel like an exotic vacation. Reversible tablecloth tutorial by Living With Punks for Momtastic.

pom-pom tablecloth

14. Rickrack Trimmed Oilcloth Tablecloth

Giant rickrack trim is a quick way to spruce up a waterproof picnic tablecloth. You canmake a whole pile and be ready for anything. Tutorial by Aesthetic Nest.

rick-Rack Oilcloth Table Cloth

15. Ruffled Table Cloth 

This ruffled tablecloth by Sew Dang Cute is simplerto sew than it looks. And it wouldmake such a big impression at a summer tea party!

ruffle table cloth

16. Bandana Quilt Tablecloth

A Bandana Quilt is a quick way to add a western touch to a family barbecue. Tutorial by Aesthetic Nest.

bandana quilt table cloth

17. Perfect-Fit Tablecloth

Tailor a vinyl tablecloth to fit your outdoor dining table perfectly and your dinner party can withstand even though most breezy summer evening. Tutorial by Smashed Peas and Carrots.

fitted table cloth

18. Tablecloth with Built-in Runner

This built-in runner is a pretty way to set off a summer spread of side dishes. Tutorial by Running with Sisters.

built-in table runner table cloth

19. Round Scalloped Oilcloth Tablecloth

This scalloped edge on an oilcloth tablecloth would brighten a weekend brunch this summer. Tutorial by Nicole at Home.

round scalloped tablecloth

20. Color-Blocked Table Cloth

Color-blocking your tablecloth would bring the latest fashion trend to your table. This tutorial by Aesthetic Nest shows you how.

color-block table cloth

21. Vinyl Round Sit-Upons

These vinyl round sit-upons by Lil Blue Boo would be perfect for a child’s birthday picnic. And when the meal is over they’d double for games.

vinyl round sit-upon

22. Banded Table Runner

This banded table runner by Two More Minutes is quick to make and would make it easy to get ready for company.

banded table runner

23. Quick Mitered Table Runner

This mitered table runner by Aesthetic Nest is an economical way to change up yourtable setting for every event you host this summer.Two yards of fabric will yield two to three!

mitered table runner

24. Puff Quilt Chair Cushions

These puff quilt chair cushions by Sew Sweetness would be a gorgeous addition to your summer patio.

puff-quilt chair cushions

25. Quilted Seat Cushions

These quilted seat cushions from The Brown Needle would keep all your guests comfortably seated. They are non-slip too!

quilted seat cushions


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