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Simple and Inexpensive Dinner Party Ideas

Having people over for a dinner party is a fantastic way to spend the evening with family and friends. Throwing a soiree can be fun and impressive without breaking the bank.

From an elegant upcycled centerpiece, to fun and festive DIY party lights, we’ve gathered some great DIY ideas you can easily make for your next big dinner party!

Simple and Elegant Upcycled Centerpiece

Make an elegant statement with this simple upcycled centerpiece. By using upcycled glass bottles and fresh green clippings, you can create this earthy vibe.

DIY Upcylced Centerpiece

The glass bottles can also be used to hold simple white taper candles which are inexpensive and easy to find. If you have a yard you can easily collect green foliage to place in your bottles—if not—fake pieces of vine will also look great.

DIY Bamboo Table Runner

This DIY Bamboo Table Runner is cute and effortless and costs just a few dollars. By taking an inexpensive bamboo or straw beach mat and lining the edges with ribbon, you can create this fun and festive table runner.

DIY Bamboo Table Runner

This table runner has edges with a bold geometric pattern but most any type of patter or print could spruce up this basic piece.

DIY Party Lights

Light up your party with these fun and colorful DIY party lights. Using just a few supplies you can customize your lights to fit the mood of your party. You might already have the supplies needed for this project so it could cost you nothing!

DIY Party Lights

We love how you can customize your coffee filter shades by dipping them in different food colorings.

DIY Napkin Rings

Add a special touch to your party with these DIY Napkin Rings. For an organic or nautical themed party you can use rope (pictured here) to create your customized napkin rings.

DIY Napkin Rings

These napkin rings give of an earthy vibe and can be made from recycled materials. Cute and thrifty!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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