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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Party Decorating with Disposable Plastic Tablecloths

You know these party tablecloths?  The thin plastic, disposable kind?
You can actually do lots of creative things with these for parties, which is awesome for two reasons:
1) They come in just about any color
2) They are cheap!  $1 at Dollar Tree, or $2-ish at Warlmart

Check out some of the ways you can use these...

To create a focal point behind a dessert or gift table,
or to cover up a window or wall.
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Ceiling Swags
Make a room magical by tacking one end at the ceiling by the wall and draping in toward the center of the room.  Check out how they used them in the doorway in this pic, too.

Chair Covers
Make plain chairs fancy by wrapping the backs and adding a ribbon or streamer.  You can cut one tablecloth into fourths and cover four chair backs for $1!
I've never done this, but I'm guessing you could get more than 4 chairs with one tablecloth.

Creative, Lighted Buffet Table
Add some white Christmas lights and empty boxes, and you can make a boring buffet table look like it was put together by a professional party planner!

You can SEW them!
That's right!  Check out this amazing ruffled tablecloth made with these same cheap plastic party ones!  The possibilities are really endless if these are sewing maching-friendly.

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Table Runners
These plastic tablecloths cut like butter.  How about shaped table runners?
I did something like this for the baby shower I helped with, by cutting the tablecloth into smaller rectangles and then tracing a scalloped edge with a plate and cutting through several layers at once.  Stay tuned and you'll see how they turned out!
Budget Party Snowflake blossom table runner

Ruffled Streamers
Cut your tablecloth into strips and stretch/pull the edges to make pretty ruffled streamers.  It doesn't have to be saved for princess parties either - I saw black ones like this on a Halloween vignette and it looked awesome!

Cut-outs on small pieces make a lovely banner.  And BONUS - if your party is outdoors, they are also rainproof!  I'm keeping this in mind for future Halloween events.

Pom Poms!
I didn't see this idea until after I had made my tissue poms, but next time I'm going to try using plastic party tablecloths instead.  Seems like the fluffing would be easier with slippery plastic that doesn't tear as easily, the poms would save for future use better, and like the banner above, they could be used outdoors and be rainproof.

Are you inspired to put some pizzazz into your next party?
$1 per tablecloth, any color that matches your theme,
and many creative ways to make it happen.
Personally, I won't do another party without them!

Come back and see how all my efforts for the baby shower came together for the big day, and stay tuned for a baby shower giveaway of some of my decorations PLUS a customized set of printables -
They could be for you!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower! These are great ideas, I made a packman mural out of plastic table cloths for an 80's party one time!

  2. Hi Jaimee,

    Your button caught my eye over at the Grow-Your-Blog Blog Hop. It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to connect with other creatives and to tap in to new sources of inspiration and camaraderie!

    So pleased to "meet" you! You have definitely made me re-think those disposable tablecloths -- so many incredible ideas!!!

    Following with GFC,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    Following you in GFC.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  3. I found you through the grow your blog bloghop too. Love your blog and really awesome ideas with the tablecloths too :)
    I am now following.

  4. So surprised to see my plastic poms on your blog! Thanks for the feature! I do love using those cheap plastic tablecloths--but never thought to sew them! Ooooh! New project in my future!!

  5. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free.

    Anyway, I am your newest follower and will check your site as soon as often as I can.

  6. NOTE : the plastic tablecloth chair covers are actually cut in HALF , not in 1/4 pieces. Just want to point that out before anyone doing this starts cutting!
    Im going to try it for my daughter's party, the chairs I am using are the metal folding chairs. Hope it turns out, cause it would look super cute!! Im also going to try the ruffled streamers, that looks pretty fool proof.

  7. They are a great cheap tool. I decorated for my son's 5th grade good-bye party and it gave us a great bang for our buck considering we were decorating the halls of a school. We swagged them across the ceiling to create a jungle feeling.


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