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Lively Linens

Oct 31, 2017 11:28AM ● By Chris Pederson

Photo by Leon Christopher on Unsplash

The holidays are upon us and that means getting together with family and friends from near and far. If you’re one of the lucky ones hosting an event this holiday season, you will likely spend a lot of time cleaning, preparing food and decorating.  There are many ways to decorate but one element that can make all the difference is the color, fabric and size of your table linens.

Table Cloth Color

Many of you likely have your own tablecloths, but oftentimes they are either plain white or aren’t necessarily the right size to fit the additional tables needed. Whether you pull your tables out from storage, borrow them from a friend or rent them from an event rental store, I recommend being a bit bold this season and seeking colors beyond just the standard white. Hues such as corn silk, burgundy, silver and goldenrod will add extra spice to any Thanksgiving spread.  For Christmas rather than using the standard red and green, try a brown and green combination to capture the true spirit of spruces, pines and firs. Striving to be unique? A light dusting of cooler colors such as baby blue, kelly green and winter white freshens things up. For a more masculine look, an array of bronze, brown, violet and white will certainly make an impression. While the traditional colors for Hanukkah may be blue and white, updating to a cobalt blue and silver with traces of white throughout is a nice alternative option that classes up any gathering.  

Table Cloth Texture

When it comes to the fabric and texture of your linens, many prefer the standard polyester as it is the most cost effective with a wide variety of colors to choose from. In addition, there are the elegant fabrics that shimmer like satin and damask, or the light and delicate touch organza offers. Burlap and natural cotton provide a classic, earthy feel, while spandex has become increasingly popular for a more modern look ~ turning high top bar tables into sleek cocktail swirling stations.

Table Cloth Sizing

If using your own tables, measure the length and the width for rectangular and oval shapes or the diameter for round tables. Next measure the height of the table to determine how far you'd like the tablecloth to hang. Some prefer having linens drape to the floor, while others, a tighter fit or something in between. Knowing the dimensions ahead of time will help you determine what size linen to get.  Most local rental centers can guide you to the appropriate size and may even be able to special order them if there is a rare color, fabric or irregular size you are seeking.  If you'd like to go full custom, check out the local fabric store where a representative can assist in creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  

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