Party Planning Tips
Instead of a tablecloth, opt for a wide runner or swath of fabric
—it can be high impact on a low budget. To finish the sides, get some fusible hem tape, or use pinking shears to create a decorative raw edge and cut a 4-foot square (most dining tables are no wider than 48 inches). You can place a big square in the middle of the table or put the fabric at an angle or even put it on one end of a buffet and designate it as the place to get tableware
. (You can use it again and again, or even layer it over an older tablecloth
, to freshen it up.) You can still an accent piece like one of our star party table skirts
as the finishing touch.