So I'm asking myself the question: Are table cloths past their use-by date?
When I typed the two words in to ebay, I came up with almost 20,000 hits. But that could mean either they're very popular, or everyone is trying to get rid of them..
Over the years, I've tried a number of different table cloth options.
When I first got married I used some lovely lace ones (my mother-in-law had given me as a present) that were very romantic. In those years prior to having children I think I probably had the same cloth on the table for at least a week at a time. Funnily enough I don't recall Jonathan or I ever spilling our drinks.
Now, with kids, the lace cloths have been banished to the back of the linen cupboard, possibly for good.
A favoured option for the first few toddler years was a retro orange PVC number I found in a sale bin at IKEA. Unfortunately candles on a birthday cake burnt several holes in it. However I've resurrected it as an underlayer to the top layer cloth, to save the parquetry top from the nightly drenching of the drink spilling.
For a while I became an Ikeahacker by using their cheap and attractive single bed quilt covers as table cloths. I liked the double cotton thickness and the patterns (red and white floral/olive green geometric/etc) and we got the added bonus of 2 pillowcases to go with it!
I have tried using nice bed sheets and yards of unhemmed material (due to my lack of sewing ability) which worked for a while.
Currently I am using a mixed collection of mainly french inspired (but not french made) checks, stripes and damasks. Some from department stores others from op shops. One favourite is a cute pink, black and white 1950s vintage cloth a friend bought me. It always makes me smile and think of her when we use it (and spill drinks on it, sorry Victoria).
Tell me what you think of the humble table cloth - and whether you agree.