Lord of the UN-Rings: An Ode to Coasters

6 Nov

After that last drop of wine is gone, the last finger foods nibbled, and the last guest happily wanders out, you just want to enjoy the night and clean up in the morning– BUT WAIT– what about all those dripping glasses all over your new wood furniture?!  Whose idea was it to serve ice?!  Call it ‘Lord of the UN-Rings,’ but no one wants to wake up to three dozen tennis-ball-sized rings all over their coffee table after an awesome soiree. One thing is a must: COASTERS.

Coasters do not have to be overindulged nor do they have to be boring.  For example, a creative way for guests to never forget their coaster is to actually attach the coaster to the glass!  DimmalimmHome has made these adorable coasters that slip over the bottom of stemware and come in a variety of colors and are for sale on Etsy.

The next coaster would be great for a game night or a book club: Scrabble Coasters.   Again, this little jewel comes from Etsy and is by MadeByMarcy.  I guarantee this will be a conversation starter especially if guests do not know one another!  For you DIY-ers out there, here is a tutorial to make your own Scrabble Coasters.

A project I would like to give a whirl for a larger party is DIY coasters.  Design Sponge had a great idea that is economical and can be customized.  I think they look like little crackers and would look great with a cheese, crackers, and wine spread!  Or maybe sewing or stenciling on different designs to customize for any holiday or festivity!

And another DIY coaster that is a little more substantial is made from 4 x 4 ceramic tiles.  I think this is cute for little hostess gifts or small friend gifts since they can be completely customized.  One bride even used it as a creative place card for her wedding [photo: Era Photography, Inc.].  Directions on how to make these little jewels can be found over at On the Journey. On that site is a great step by step tutorial with images.

Remember, the more visible the coasters are, the more likely your guests will use them.  Using ones like those mentioned above and placing them on most flat surfaces, people are guaranteed to see them and get the hint. Now you will be free to mingle and the only thing you will have to worry about now is your husband’s work friend trying to organize an impromptu karaoke contest– but at least your wood furniture will won’t be hurt, just your ears.  Happy party planning!

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