Dinner parties are the best: You get to do things like experiment with new cocktail recipes, treat yourself to a slice of cinnamon bun聽pecan pie, create calligraphy聽place cards and DIY an epic balloon backdrop. After you鈥檝e put in all that hard work, the last thing you want to do is put boring plates on the table. There are plenty of unique, colorful glasses you can buy, but DIYing is way more fun. Scroll down to check out these 20 projects that鈥檒l give your boring basics a snazzy new look and have you prepped for every festive occasion.


1. DIY Cacti Wine Glasses: Sip your favorite wine in style. Your guests won鈥檛 be able to keep their hands off these trendy gold cacti glasses, and you鈥檒l love how easy they are to DIY. Have a gold Sharpie? Then these glasses can be yours. (via Brit + Co)


2. DIY Footed Serving Bowls: Your sides and salads deserve a star treatment, and so does the bowl you serve them out of. Transform a set of serving bowls with the addition of a rustic wood foot that鈥檒l really show off all your hard work. (via Sugar & Cloth)


3. DIY Blendo Breakfast Bowls: Breakfast and ice cream are the two most important meals of the day, so make sure you鈥檝e got a set of bowls that are up for the challenge. Impress your friends and get that cereal flowing for a classy morning or chic midnight snack. (via A Kailo Chic Life)


4. DIY Ombre Glassware: Why serve from a plain plastic pitcher when you could use something a little more stylish? DIY a set of matching glasses for a bold color pop on your dining table or bar cart. These babies aren鈥檛 dishwasher safe, but they鈥檙e cute enough to overlook that small drawback. (via Studio DIY)


5. DIY Party Snack Bowls: If one ombre is good, then two shades of ombre are awesome. These DIY snack bowls will keep the party going all night long. The simple design and fun colors are a great base to build the perfect popcorn or dessert bar. (via Lovely Indeed)


6. DIY Gold Rimmed Drinking Glasses: Your guests will think you pulled out the good glasses when they see these beauties 鈥 IKEA hack FTW. Transform inexpensive glasses into vintage-inspired glassware with a touch of gold that鈥檒l take your bar cart to the next level. (via Freckle & Fair)


7. DIY Abstract Art Hexagon Plates: This pretty hand-painted set looks like it could have come from Anthropologie, but you can beef up your dessert plate collection for less than you鈥檇 pay for a week鈥檚 worth of peppermint mochas. Make sure you use food-safe paint or glaze so you can serve up pie without worrying about ruining the slice. (via A Kailo Chic Life)


8. DIY Decorative Marble Plates: Ready to ensure your dinner gets mega likes on Insta? Get servin鈥 with these glam marble and gold plates. Nope, it鈥檚 not real marble, so it won鈥檛 cost you a fortune no matter how many people you鈥檙e hosting over the holidays. (via Sugar & Cloth)


9. DIY Copper Leaf Drink Stirrers: If you love unique cocktails, how about adding a little autumnal style to your bar cart? Take an hour to whip up these copper leaf drink stirrers to serve with your signature drink, or wrap them up with a ribbon and gift them to the hostess with the mostest. (via A Kailo Chic Life)


12. DIY Gold Barware: How鈥檚 your bar cart looking? If you need a set of gilded glassware to match your mixology skills, how about some gold vinyl stickers? These gold foil glasses are just begging for a coffee cocktail that鈥檒l have your guests totally starstruck. (via A Beautiful Mess)


13. DIY Confetti Plates: You won鈥檛 want to serve actual food on these painted plates, but use them as a charger and they鈥檒l set the tone for your meal. Pair these plates with a set of confetti poppers and you鈥檝e got a party on your hands. (via Sugar & Cloth)


14. DIY Lettered Dinner Plates: If you want a set of plates that鈥檒l go with any color palette, you can鈥檛 go wrong with plain acrylic. Obviously, it wouldn鈥檛 be right to just leave them plain, so add some personality with pretty hand lettering. (via Oh So Beautiful Paper)


15. DIY Brushstroke Glasses: Looking to add a little color to your cocktail game? Or perhaps just want to give some of those acrylic party glasses a creative upgrade? Each of these glasses takes a few minutes or less 鈥 all you need is vinyl stickers and a good playlist. (via A Kailo Chic Life)


16. DIY Mid-Century Modern Inspired Glasses: Once you鈥檝e nailed the perfect cocktail, show your guests your excellent taste in style with these retro-inspired glasses. The gold diamond band gives an otherwise plain piece some serious character. (via Design for Soul)


17. DIY Colorful Angled Dessert Bowls: The colorful rim on these mini dessert bowls makes them look like fancy designer dishes. But with this DIY, you鈥檒l still have plenty of money left over for extra ice cream toppings. (via A Kailo Chic Life)


18. DIY Marble and Copper Foil Chargers: These gold-edge platters add more than a dash of glam to any tablescape. And since they鈥檙e made with marble contact paper, they鈥檒l never shatter on you. (via Bird鈥檚 Party)


19. DIY Metallic Patterned Glassware: Whether they鈥檙e holding eggnog or a clementine whiskey smash, these glasses are sure to see a lot of action over the holidays. The gold foil geometric accents are a simple look, but chic enough to make this one piece your bar cart can鈥檛 live without. (via Sugar & Cloth)


20. DIY Serving Bowls: Your serving bowls are about to be front and center, so it鈥檚 time to whip them into shape with a little decoupage action. Add delicate shapes around the rim or cover the entire exterior with a cheery color-blocked effect. (via Brit + Co)

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