Pretty and Practical Place Setting for Tailgating or Picnics

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

DIY place setting for tailgating

If you’re looking to take your tailgating spread to a new level and you’ve already got the logistics nailed down, consider zhushing up your tailgating table-scape a bit. Putting a little effort behind your place settings will go a long way in making your tailgating party feel more like an inviting dinner party!

But it has to be simple and tailgating- or picnic-friendly. And that’s exactly what we have with our DIY tailgating place settings, which are also suitable for picnics that you want to make a little bit special. These picnic place settings are easy to transport and hand out to your outdoor diners and tailgating guests. They’re pretty, too, which is guaranteed to make them a big hit.

Here’s how to create these pretty and practical place settings

Tailgating Napkin Sets -- Supplies

You’ll need these supplies:

Here’s something you might not have known: Homedepot.com sells paper plates, napkins, and utensils in bulk. If you’re a season-long tailgater, consider ordering a 125/pack of plates to cut back on the number of times you hit the store and to save money!

Tailgating Napkin Sets | Punch two holes

Step 1: Punch two holes side-by-side on one end of your paper plate.

Tailgating Napkin Sets | String ribbon through holes

Step 2: String a 6- to 8-inch bit of ribbon through the two holes.

Tailgating Napkin Sets | Add utensils and a napkin and tie in a bow

Step 3: Group together two napkins, one fork, one spoon, and one knife. Place on top of the ribbon, and tie with a bow. Your first place setting is done.

Now, repeat these steps 30 times!

DIY Tailgating Napkin Sets

This is a super easy project that you can tackle while watching TV or chatting with a friend.

DIY Tailgating Napkin Sets

Now that you have your pretty and practical place settings ready, shop The Home Depot for the rest of your tailgating essentials.

ESPN’s College GameDay was built by The Home Depot, and now The Home Depot’s Facebook page has a College GameDay app. The app features tailgating DIY projects, including how-tos for a tailgate table, ladder golf and  cornhole game. It also helps fans find great tailgating products at great prices.

For even more tailgating ideas and inspiration, follow The Apron blog’s two-week Tailgating series. We’ll gear you up for game day with tips, like a sweet tote for tailgating gear, and more awesome DIYs, like a homemade PVC flag pole for your tailgating camp

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