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Summer Drinks Hostess Gift Idea and DIY Cork Coasters at Twelve O Eight

I am really excited to share a fun, simple Summer Drinks Hostess Gift idea that includes the DIY Cork Coasters that I am sharing about over at Twelve O Eight today.Summer Drinks Hostess Gifts poster.

 We were recently invited to spend a couple of nights visiting some friends who live a few hours travel from us and were so excited to for the opportunity to catch up with them. We try to get together with these friends and have a visit every summer and whenever we visit their home they are incredible and gracious hosts. To thank them for their amazing hospitality I wanted to create something personal and fun this year so I started with some DIY Cork Coasters created with fun, summery scrapbook paper. Check out my DIY instructions for this project today over at Twelve O Eight.

Brightly coloured drink coasters.

Before starting I pinned a ton of ideas for DIY Coasters and then settled on my own design… you can often tell what type of projects I am planning by my pins! If you want to I would love to have you follow along with me on Pinterest

To go along with these fun outdoor coasters I wanted to create a Summer Drinks, or summery outdoor beverage themed Hostess gift. I found a cute little crate style box and added some pretty yellow gingham ribbon around it. Then I packed the box with some pretty outdoor plastic glasses and a coordinating pitcher.

Pink drink cups and coasters all beside Perrier water.Look at the pretty napkins I added! Plus I threw in a couple of bottles of flavored Perrier.

Green and yellow napkins.

These napkins are perfect complement to the DIY Cork Coasters.

Drink coasters and pink drinking items.

I wrapped it all up in cellophane tied with twine and added a little tag style gift card that I made from some cardstock and burlap.

hostess gift wrapped in cellophane.

One tip: when you buy your glasses, make sure they all come apart- once we arrived at our hosts’ we discovered that two of the glasses were glued together and would not come apart. How frustrating!! Ahh… you can make something pretty but it certainly doesn’t make it perfect:)

I would love for you to check out my DIY Cork Coaster Project as well!

Do you bring along a hostess gift when you go for overnight visits? What ideas do you have for a fun hostess gift? I would love some inspiration for our next trip away!!

Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.


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  2. Yey Krista! Those are my kind a projects and gifts to recieve and give! I have to make one for my new kitchen soon!!!! Thanks for sharing this project dear!

    1. Hi Paula! I loved those napkins too… and I will let you in on a little secret – the yellow and pink patterned ones were from Walmart. I have some and would love to use the pattern creatively somehow… thinking about what to do with them! Thank you so much for coming over to visit me!!

  3. Cork is a smart thing to use for coasters. I’ve seen a lot made from tiles and they always seemed to be dangerous if dropped on a hardwood floor. Cork wouldn’t make the same knicks! I bet your friend loved the gift – even though those pesky cups stuck together!

    1. Thank you Bronwyn. I think that the cork provides enough protection and is fairly light and -you are right – less damaging. I need to make some for our house. My two year old would probably hammer tile ones into our glass table top, but cork should be safe!

  4. Krista, what a great hostess gift idea and this could be changed up for any season! Love the coasters and the bright, pretty colors! Pinning! Thanks for sharing and have a happy Wednesday!

    1. Thank you Cindy… I think I will be trying this again for DIY Christmas gifts… will have to think about how to change it up a little!

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