You absolutely can’t go wrong customizing coasters as gifts or giveaways. Nothing’s better than an ice cold drink at the end of a long day, so these little mats are sure to be used time and time again.

So now you know why you should decorate coasters, but the real question is how? Check out this handy design guide for all the answers!

Why Do You Need Custom Drink Coasters?

You could be making a nice t-shirt or drawing a picture, but you’re instead choosing to design coasters. With that in mind, you’re most likely customizing yours for one of the following:

Bar, Restaurant, & Brewery

This one’s a no-brainer! Bars, restaurants, and any place with a good drink can get a ton of mileage from custom coasters. Place them at every table or booth.

Coffee Shop

You can’t start the morning without a cup of coffee! The missing touch for your coffee shop is a few branded coasters at every table. Cleaning up at the end of your shift will be so much easier.

Wedding Favors

Are you looking for nice wedding favors? A coaster set printed with your names and the date are sure to come in handy, especially while your guests are enjoying the open bar at the reception!

Holiday Gifts

Dad doesn’t want a tie and mom’s over all those candles you keep getting. Make the next birthday, anniversary, or holiday gift special by customizing coasters with your unique design.

Open House

Are you a realtor? Get your clients into their dream home and then celebrate the occasion with the gift of custom coasters. Enjoy all the referrals that now come in your direction!

Fundraiser

The whole point of a fundraiser is to raise funds, right? Unique coasters with an original design on top will sell like hot cakes, meaning a ton of money for your cause.

Office Meeting

You don’t want to leave a ring on the nice conference table! Coasters with your company logo are a must as your team sets down their water bottles and coffee mugs at the next meeting.

Trade Show Giveaways

People who visit trade shows are 100% expecting to leave with free stuff. Stay top of mind by sending your visitors home with stylish custom coasters.

That’s not even the half of it! Any event with food and drink should have custom coasters at the ready, whether it’s an annual conference or a lavish dinner party. All you need is a cool design on top!

Tips for Customizing Your Drink Coasters

Let’s face it – drink coasters can look, well, kind of boring. The good news is yours can be extra fancy if you follow these tips:

  1. Choose a good material.
  2. Try a coaster set.
  3. Be a little quirky.
  4. Print in either one color or full color.
  5. Pair your coasters with drinkware.

Choose a Good Material

First things first, you have to think about your event and how much you want to spend. This will greatly determine which material works best for you. Take a look at the chart below for some ideas!

The full list of materials you can choose from for coasters includes:

  • Pulp Board
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Cork
  • Stone
  • Bamboo
  • Leather
  • Foam
  • Neoprene
  • Microfiber
  • Glass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Plastic
  • Wood


One thing to note is that some coaster materials are more effective than others when it comes to keeping a table ring-free. Ultimately, you want to choose some that both work well and look cool!

Try a Coaster Set

Who needs just one coaster? You’re better off customizing an entire set! That way people will always have a coaster at the ready when they’re sipping from a cold drink.

Choose the right number:

Most sets come with four coasters, but that isn’t to say you can’t find smaller or larger options. The best part is every single coaster inside the set will be decorated with your design, which means more bang for your buck!

Be a Little Quirky

You don’t have to go with round or square coasters and call it a day. There are some unusual styles you can customize, so get a little crazy! Here are some of your options:

LED

Do you run a night club or a concert venue? Light up the next party or karaoke night with custom LED coasters!

Unusual Shape

If you really want your coasters to stand out, find some that are in an unexpected shape. Mug-shaped coasters are great for coffee shops, hearts work well with non-profits… you get the idea!

Inflatable

Resorts, water parks, and vacation hot spots should all have inflatable coasters at the ready. These are especially great if you have a swim-up bar for your guests.

Novelty

Pull a fast one at everyone at a party by making it look like you spilled your drink. These fun coasters are great for kid-friendly events.

Pallet

These adorable pallet coasters are for the hard workers! They’re particularly great for industrial themed bars and any event or profession that requires heavy lifting.

Bottle Opener

Your big Super Bowl party isn’t complete without bottle opener coasters! Stock up and all your attendees can bring one home as a souvenir.

Half & Half Material

Dual material coasters have a classy look that’s perfect for banquets and fancy dinners. Now you don’t have to choose between bamboo or marble!

Photo

Who wouldn’t want to set their drink down on a smiling face? Photo coasters are sentimental keepsakes that are great for weddings, class reunions, and other timeless events.

Tree Stump

Any event that’s promoting an eco-friendly mission should have these woodsy coasters! They’re sure to be a huge hit with the crowd.

Print in Either One Color or Full Color

Your likely going to include a logo or design and some text on your coasters. If you want to print a rainbow, you should look for coasters printed in full color. Otherwise, just stick with using one color in your design as it’s more cost-effective.

This is a full color coaster.
The reds, pinks, purples, and yellows in the flowers are all included in the price.

This is not a full color coaster.
Only one color is included in the price, which is why there’s only tan in the design.

Full color or just a single color imprint – it really just depends on your event and your logo. Do what’s best for you and your budget!

Pair Your Coasters with Drinkware

Coasters and custom drinkware go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you are making a gift basket or just want more cool stuff at your restaurant, it might be a good idea to bundle them together.

Try any of these combos!

Wine Glass & Cork Coaster

You can’t go wrong with nice wine glasses and cork coasters. This is a classic pairing that everyone’s sure to love, especially at wine tasting events!

 

Coffee Mug & Stone Coaster

Are you looking to put together small gift bags? Stack a custom mug on top of a stone coaster in a plastic bag and tie it all together with ribbon. These make especially great party favors!

 

Beer Stein & Pulp Board Coaster

The history of coasters starts in Germany with beer steins and pulp board coasters. Pay homage to those roots and keep both in stock at your bar or pub.

 

Stadium Cup & Foam Coaster

Nothing gets the party started like custom stadium cups! They pair well with squishy coasters and are especially great for high school and college games and events.

 

Water Bottle & Car Coaster

Make sure people stay hydrated on their drive home with water bottles and car coasters. This is a good pairing if you need some cool merch to give away at your trade show or fundraiser.

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Why Drink Coasters Should Be Part of Your Next Event

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Whether you’re hosting an open house or a cocktail party, drink coasters add a personal touch to the whole affair. They are both stylish and useful, making them a must any time you’re serving drinks.

Journeyman’s Distillery, a sleek venue located in Three Oaks, Michigan, knows the value in a good coaster. They have a wide variety for use and sale at their location. These coasters come especially in handy for visitors who take part in Journeyman’s famous whiskey tours.

Drink coasters are a chance for you to get your brand out there. Your logo or design shows up at the table, and while everyone’s enjoying their drink, they’ll be reminded how much they loved visiting you or experiencing your event.

The Bottom Line

Coasters give off that home sweet home feeling. This makes any bar, open house, or big event that much cozier. Follow these design tips and your coasters will be that much more awesome!

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over three years of experience in the industry. Her passion for writing has led to a BA in English & Communications from Aurora University and work published for the Advertising Specialty Institute and The Bolingbrook Sun Times.