By s4ndr4. Tablecloth. At Thursday, October 24th 2019, 00:12:35 AM.
Table linens are often put through the wringer. Whether you're hosting a small picnic in your backyard or are catering a 250-person wedding, you're going to need to rely on quality tablecloths to see the event through to the end. You've got a variety of choices at your disposal: fitted tablecloth covers, rustic faux burlap table linens, plain tablecloths, uniquely patterned tablecloths, and all the options in between.
Tablecloth design, like any other fashion art form, reflected existing tastes and styles of the period. We can use the records of these fashions and moods to generally determine dates. Although in some cases the tablecloths can be assigned to a general decade, as I have done in my book, or even to a specific group of years, the lack of manufacturing records or other cataloguing of these delightful keepsakes makes assigning any one date extremely difficult. For my book, I researched the history of the dyes, copyright & trademark records and poured over vintage catalogs to come up the a “quick reference summary” to help you date your tablecloths.
Tablecloths are a great start, but definitely not the only thing you will need for your special event. Polyester or cotton-feel napkins are a great alternative for paper napkins for both aesthetic and environmental reasons, and they also look a lot nicer. Placemats are also great accessories to have because they have two important functions: adding depth to your color scheme and protecting your table linens.