Looking for unusual table covers? Check out the bedding or drapery department of your favorite department or thrift store. You’ll be surprised at what you might find. There’s a plethora of ready-made table covers/tablecloths to choose from. Some priced reasonably; some not so much. Most of my standard polyester banquet tablecloths have been online purchases and they come in a large array of colors and sizes, and the prices are great.
Plain tablecloths are a blank canvas to create the table of your dreams. Adding a table runner or an overlay up the visual appeal big time. On the opposite end of the tablescape spectrum, patterned and multi-color tablecloths serve double duty as a foundation for your table design as well as giving you a head start on the décor.
Very often I get bored with the plain cloths, and some of my patterned cloths feel redundant. I must admit that on occasions I want that little headstart on the décor. This is when I go in search of something different. This isn’t the first time I’ve used a sheet for my tables plus a few others that might be considered an unusual table cover.
Here I used a navy sheet with a striped fabric remnant as an overlay.
My daughter knew that as soon as I seen these sheer curtains in her throw away pile I wanted to use them on one of my tables.
Who says a photography backdrop can’t be used to cover a table? Certainly, not me.
This $3.00 served me well and the fact that is was gingham made me over the moon happy. No matter what the season I am always mad for plaid and gingham. While there are advantages to using bedsheets as table covers like the variety, cost, they’re easy to clean and come in great sizes, there are also disadvantages as well.
Cotton cloth isn’t forgiving and will wrinkle at the drop of a hat. A cotton sheet also isn’t the easiest to iron. I draped the sheet over several chairs to avoid creases and more wrinkles. Transporting a sheet this size to its destination is no walk in the park. I read that it’s best to iron your table cover near the table you are using it on. I did that once and was a nervous wreck thinking that the iron would fall and land hot side down on my carpet. No thanks, I can live with a few wrinkles. By the time, I started adding décor and tableware the few wrinkles that bothered me had vanished.
There’s just enough on this table to create the soft and elegant feel I was after. I went for a deeper stack than usual. It starts with the wooden Pier 1 charger, followed by an off-white dinner plate, hobnail salad plate, a dessert plate with a light rose colored leaf trim ending with a gold and white appetizer plate. Resting on top are wooden and gold spoons. I got them at Pier 1 also. The regular price was $19.98 and they were on clearance for $2.98, deal of the century!!!
Gold toned flatware, an ivory napkin with a light wooden napkin ring.
I chose this trio of goblets; the amber ones are from TJ Maxx and the smaller matching ones are a long-ago thrift store purchase.
The mercury glass vase holds flowers in a beautiful shade of peach and ivory. Flanking each side are ivory beaded votive holders and small gold ones with a rhinestone accent. All from Michaels.
I haven’t quite decided if I’ll leave it up for Mother’s Day. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what the table looks like. It’s the lovely faces of my family being present to celebrate with my that’s most important. Thanks for hanging in here through this long post. Happy Mother’s Day, take care and be well.
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