Colorful Contemporary Table Settings

Bring contemporary decorating ideas to your next dinner party. A contemporary table setting doesn't have to mean boring tablecloths and white porcelain. Get our best ideas for DIY colorful napkin rings, a tablecloth, contemporary floral centerpieces and more!

A bright pop of color at each table setting turns any dinner party or backyard barbecue into a fun celebration. We've rounded up our best DIY tabletop decor ideas perfect for any skill level. Whether you have felt, fabric scraps or old books laying around the house, you can transform them into bold, contemporary, tabletop decor in minutes.

Felt Acorn Napkin Ring

thanksgiving acorn napkin

Create a bright, modern table setting with gorgeous DIY napkin rings. Attach real acorn tops to pretty felt poms and style each one with a set of felt leaves. Add your felt crafts to plain wood napkin rings and use them to cover a set of bright cloth napkins for a stunning modern table setting. We love the pop of color over the neutral dishware!

See how to make this project.

Pretty in Pastel

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Rather than feeling like you have to stick to monochromatic table decorations, choose a color scheme of a few coordinating colors. This will allow you to add several elements in different colors without overwhelming your tabletop. We love how the use of two solid pastels (the plate and the placecard) is complemented in other pieces around the table, like the pink in the floral arrangement and the DIY table runner. To create a custom table runner that perfectly matches your color scheme, start with a solid neutral table runner and use a pencil eraser to add dots of fabric paint in all the right colors. 

Ombre Dyed Tablecloth

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Build your colorful, contemporary table setting from the tablecloth up. A DIY ombre project means that you can pick and choose the perfect party colors. Decide which hues go best with your favorite dishware, and use our easy instructions to transform a neutral tablecloth into an instant eye-catcher. Add neutral place settings and finish off the look with a pretty floral arrangement that pulls colors from the dyed fabric.

Find out how to dye ombre fabric.

Fabric-Covered Serving Spoons

wooden spoon, DIY, covered spoon

Colorful fabric scraps and some decoupage upgrade basic wooden spoons. Instead of all of your serving utensils looking boring and beige, mix and match the fabric on each to add a colorful quirk to any meal. This project is an easy way to give your table a bright splash of color and pattern without having to invest in new napkins or dishware. We love the way these serving spoons make an bold (and inexpensive) statement on a white table. 

Get all the steps.

Felt Napkin Rings

November Party Kit

Use our free template to transform sheets of felt into bold pops of color for your tabletop. This is a great option if you're looking to make neutral cloth napkins stand out. Make sure that the felt colors you choose won't clash with your fabric napkins, but don't be afraid of pattern! Plus, our template shows you how to make two-toned felt rings for an even bolder statement. 

Get the free template!

Cake Stand Centerpiece

thanksgiving fruit and flower centerpiece

You don't need fancy or expensive flowers to steal this contemporary floral centerpiece idea. Stack two sizes of galvanized cake stands and add bright fruits like clementines and pomegranates, then fill in with small stems of a leafy plant like eucalyptus. Add a few floral heads from a store-bought bouquet to complete the centerpiece. Bonus: You can create this look with any color and style of cake stand to perfectly match your table decor.

See how to make a floral pumpkin place card.

Floral Napkin Rings

place setting with napkin and flower

Make a set of gorgeous napkin rings with this easy faux floral project. Start by making a small arrangement of faux blooms and other natural elements like pinecones and dried or faux berries. Using faux elements instead of real flowers will allow you to make the napkin rings ahead of time, or reuse them for a later event. Put your finished arrangement on top of a napkin and attach it by wrapping floral wire several times around the napkin and wrap with twine for a rustic touch. We love the way this bright arrangement pops against the neutrals in the rest of the place setting. 

Learn how to make this napkin ring.

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