Post # 1
First off, we are on a tight schedule and budget. If we order from someplace, I need them in my hand in a week tops (without paying double in shipping). We’re located in NYC if that helps.
Real-linen prices seem out of the question and have been the source of way too many fights for something that in the big picture is really kind of irrelevant. I think $7 is a great price for real linens, but Fi says it’s way too much for something that’s just going to sit there and get dirty . He wants the $1.50 plastic ones. His rational is that people shouldn’t focus on the tablecloths, and should look more at us and our relationship. I want a beautiful, memorable look that is budget friendly, but doesn’t look cheap (or an alternative DIY artsy spin on it that will shift the focus to this over the material of the tablecloth itself). Creative solutions are definitely welcome as they fit us as a couple.
A little about the wedding itself–an at-home ceremony followed by a backyard BBQ for 40-50 of our immediate family and closest friends. We are doing the Chinette plates and the plastic silverware that looks real. We are having the small clear plastic cups for drinks and FI is okay with renting real glassware (like an all-purpose water goblet/wine glass) for each table setting, but this was mostly to dress up the tables a bit. We had originally planned on doing the plastic toasting glasses in shades of blue. Decorations are paper lanterns overhead with led light centerpieces and floating lanterns in the pool. We want a polished, laid back artsy vibe. Colors are shades of blue/teal with a pop of burnt orange. Dinner is a BBQ, but we are having steaks, fresh ham, and shrimp as main entree so not quite hotdogs and hamburgers.
Some options for the linens:
- Linen-like: I’ve seen these recommended, but I’m having problems finding these in 82-90″ round that can get here in time without outrageous shipping prices. I would think there’s someplace in the city that has them, but I don’t know where to look in person. This would probably be an ideal compromise.
- Paper…again, not quite sure where to look for these. Everywhere I look, they are all rectangular, and we need round. These seem to look a little nicer than the plastic and MOH suggested we could even do something where people can draw a picture or leave us a message on the tablecloths, but finding round ones seems to be problematic. I kind of like the drawing picture/message idea since Fi and I first started dated after he drew a little picture with a bubble quote and passed a note to me in the middle of a really boring meeting at the hospital we both worked at with his phone number.
- Plastic…These are everywhere. I can find them for super cheap and in my ideal colors. But how can I dress them up or find creative ways to make them look nice? Add a fabric runner? Take little gems with adhesive backing and bling them out (we have a little bling theme going anyway). Laminate photos and scatter on the tables? Suggestions are welcome.
Here’s a couple of ideas I saw on another thread that I liked…
Also, a couple of other pics to give you an idea of some of the DIY decor ideas I’m trying to tackle now to give you an idea of the general look:
Post # 3
This bride did butcher paper with a spray-painted lace pattern over it
Here’s someone who used brown craft paper:
This next one is…ready for it a Plastic Table Cloth (Link) http://craftberrybush.blogspot.com/2012/02/shabby-chic-princess-tea-party.html
Here’s a quote from the lady’s blog:
We wanted everything to feel feminine and soft and of course be budget friendly. Buying this much fabric for such large table cloth would have cost a lot of money, so instead, I asked my mom to sew a seam on several plastic table cloths, which we then threaded rope through and gathered around the table. This gave the plastic table cloth the illusion of gathered fabric.
The ruffles are made of crepe streamers
Post # 4
Here’s a plastic tablecloth table runner! it loks very chic :
ruffled table runner
from the website:
o make the runner, buy 2 plastic table covers and cut a 20″ and 15″ strip from each one. Lay the 15″ on top of the 20″ and sew a gathering stitch (strait stitch on longest length) strait down the middle. Repeat for other strips. Gently pull the top thread only to gather all the way down both runners and tie threads. Use the gathering threads to tie the two runners together.
A sweet idea for an outdoor party or shower this season.
Some plastic tablecloths used for dramatic draping.
Again, Draped Plastic tablecloths. Very Cute!
Instructions (From Pinterest)
urchase tablecover roll of plastic:2. Fold over top edge just enough so bottom edge skims floor:3. Gather folded edges and tape to table edge:Easy and inexpensive:Hang tablecloth cover to create draping:1. Use small Command hooks at corners:2. Gather plastic tablecloth and wrap with twist tie:3. Hook twist tie loop onto Command hook:4. Add tulle to completely cover the Command hook
Post # 5
I did brown craft paper. Totally cute, easy, and fun (in fact, mine looked a lot like the image with the “Brent Hodges” place-setting–right down to the red-striped dishtowel we used as a napkin!). We were using long banquet tables, so I bought a big roll off Amazon for pretty cheap, but with rounds, you can do an overlapping criss-cross and either leave the ends raw or (probably a better bet) tape them underneath the table.
You might also think about buying a bolt of fabric (IKEA sells fabric for cheap) or even a bunch of on-sale el-cheapo flat sheets that can be cut to work with a round. IF you are bothered by the edging, you can either sew or buy some iron-hemming strips (although NO ONE is going to notice the hems of your tablecloths!)
If you use plastic–which I think is fine, btw–I think layering will go a long way. You can do something like make individual placemats to put on top out of newspaper (since you ahve a newspaper theme going), scatter flower petals, etc. etc. If you’re up to the task, you can also trot out a glue-gun and some fabric ribbon and create your own border for the hemline.
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Thanks. You guys are amazing, and really helping me out. More inspiration and ideas are definitely welcome. I think I can do this after all.
Post # 8
Well, now that the wedding is over, we ended up using a white tulle overlay with the aqua plastic tablecloths, and I have to say I was surprised at how well they looked together. It turned out beautiful.
Here’s a close-up of one of the tables as we were signing the marriage license.
Here’s an overall shot of a few of the tables:
And we also used the same combination for our guest book table:
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Post # 9
arabesque0128: Hi! I would really love to see a few more pcitures of you aqua tulle tables at your wedding as i am having a hard time finding my color in linen as well. Please add some more or I would happy to give you my email to send me some! i would REALLY appreaciate it!
Post # 10
hhuckerr: Sure, I will try to attach other pictures here…
Here’s a shot with the food table in the background that did not have the tulle (it was covered with just the plastic tablecloth–the kind purchased from the roll as you can see it was also very short rather than draping over as more of a tableskirt). You can see the difference between with and without the tulle:
Post # 11
Where did you get the round tableclothes from? I love this idea!