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Are Tablecloths Too Old Fashioned?

Reader serendipity75 wrote me an email asking a very interesting question: are tablecloths too old fashioned? Now judging by my love for placemats, you all know where I am going to stand on this one... of course tablecloths are not too old fashioned! Sure they run the risk of being grandma-ish but if your table ends up looking like a little old lady, that means you have chosen the wrong tablecloth. When done correctly tablecloths can actually be chic and stylish. For example, when I threw an Argentinean themed outdoor cocktail party last summer, I used tablecloths as a way of uniting the decorations. The tables were of different shapes and sizes, but my tablecloths hid this from the guests. I always put a tablecloth on my table at dinner parties and I have even spent Saturday nights making tablecloths for a party! If you want to protect an extremely nice handmade table, please use a tablecloth. What I love about tablecloths is that if you can't find one in the stores that matches your kitchen/dining room/theme party, you can buy a piece of fabric that does and simply make your own. Setting the table with a tablecloth makes any meal feel more formal and is a great way to slow things down and really enjoy your food. In my opinion tablecloths can really be hip and modern but it's up to you to make them so.
How about you? Are tablecloths too old fashioned?

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JessNess JessNess 10 years
My apartment came furnished and the round dinning room table is ugly so I HAVE to have a table cloth. I like to have a vase of flowers on it and just view it as a cafe setting
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I have never used them.
chlyn chlyn 10 years
When I think of place settings I've seen in magazines, or photographs of dining rooms, the table is always uncovered. The only cloth is the placemats and napkins, or sometimes a runner. Practically speaking, though, few of us have five thousand dollar tables to show off, and tablecloths are much easier to deal with and clean.
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 10 years
I use table clothes for more formal events. I actually have my great grandmas china and table clothes and it is very renaissance when I put my table together, I love the old elegance of my fancy tableware. But I would still like to have other wares for different events. Placemats endanger my nice wood table, especially when there are alot of dishes being passed around.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Sometimes I use them and sometimes not, depending on how I've dressed the table. Right now, I just have a runner with some white candles and a tall vase filled with pine cones, but over Christmas, I used a table cloth with all my red and white decorations.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
I hated having just a runner. I think mine was too thick, so I couldn't have anything that wasn't on either just the table or just the runner or else it would tip.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
If I had a dining table I would for sure have one!! Or at least a runner.
aembry396 aembry396 10 years
I am seriously contemplating getting a tablecloth all of the sudden. For christmas, I had our small (tiny) tree on our table with the tree skirt looking alot like a table cloth. I loved how much color it added to that part of my apartment. Now, I'm just trying to find one now! Preppy to the max!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I only use table cloths when I have guests over. It's a little more formal and inviting. On regular days, I just have place mats. And what's so bad about being old-fashioned? ;)
GIOVS GIOVS 10 years
the table clothes are for care of the table or for old tables which look bad. If the tablecloth is better than the table, well. . . it´s a better image
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
i LOVE tableclothes... they can really add something special!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I love tablecloths!! But, my daughter loves pulling tablecloths. :(
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
I don't use it for everyday dining, but I will use a tablecloth when we have people over. And I have one for each season.
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