How to Use Tablecloths As Table Decorations

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Whether you have pattern or solid, plastic or fabric tablecloths, you can decorate any table to the style of your choice. Switch between formal and casual settings easily with just a tablecloth. As with any decorating scheme, pair your tablecloth with complementary or contrasting colors for the best effect. Experimenting with color is not your only option, though. You can also decorate a table with other fabrics, including runners and skirts for a dining experience appropriate for any event.

Things You'll Need

  • Checkered, floral and solid tablecloths
  • Table runner
  • Plastic tablecloth roll
  • Accent your table with a bold tablecloth. Checkered, floral and solid tablecloths are available in vibrant colors combinations and hues. An ideal way to decorate your table is to use tablecloths alone or with a skirt or runner. Available in silk, satin and polyester, tablecloths range from elegant to casual.

  • Pair a tablecloth with a table runner. Create a bold style by contrasting dominant solid colors, such as black and white, or create a less contrasting but complementary table using a runner to break up a solid print tablecloth. A perfect decorative scheme, tablecloths and runners are available in a range of colors, styles and fabrics you can use for a casual or formal dining table.

  • Cut small pieces from a plastic tablecloth roll. Fold each piece into ruffles or shape into a ball, which may require crumpling until the desired shape is achieved. Shape the plastic tablecloth as you would tissue paper to fill bags, vases or glasses. Use for a charming, casual dining table.

  • Wrap a bundle of flowers in strips of old tablecloths or fold a small tablecloth into quarters, and use to line the bottom of a basket. Place the flowers in the basket or adorn the basket with petals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative and mix and match colors and styles.
  • Not all tablecloths complement all decor.

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