Draping your Party Table

Your next party is going to stop people in their tracks. Not because of your theme or your food, but because of your picture perfect party table!

Jessica Roberts from Quilted Polka Dot, reveals her secrets for magazine-worthy table coverings.

Why worry about the front of the table?
-It gives a finishing touch to your party
-It adds dimension and texture
-It hides your ugly, plain, old table
-It adds to your photos – especially when photographing children since this is their height and will be their backdrop

Think Outside of the Table
Repurpose unexpected items from your home like this bench from my front porch…

An old trunk from my living room…

Or this lemonade stand from my kid’s play room.

Cheat & Cheap
Curtain panels and flat sheets allow you to drape all the way to the floor. Only invest in pieces you can use again and again like white banquet tablecloths.

If you find a fabric you love just buy enough for an accent square or runner rather than to cover the whole table. For example, I’ve used the same French script fabric as a table topper accent piece in multiple parties.

Try using wrapping paper or tissue paper instead of fabric.

One of my favorite things is to use corrugated cardboard from a shipping supply store as a runner. Not only does this add an interesting touch but it also protects my tablecloths from spills.

Layer…then Layer Again
More is More! Start with a long sheet or curtain panel all the way to the floor. Then add another layer or fabric, tablecloth, etc. Next add a top piece like runner or fabric square.

The Finishing Touches Say It All
Top it off with banners, twinkle lights, centerpiece medallions, etc.

Photo Credit: Kristina Curtis at www.kristinacurtisphotography.com and Alyssia Baird at www.alyssiabphotography.com

All products originally created and designed by Jessica Roberts. Products available for purchase at www.quiltedpolkadot.com.

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