While these tablecloths are definitely ideal for kids who don't notice or care what they're eating off of if you're throwing a snazzy party -- be it a wedding, graduation, or simple celebration -- you don't want to skimp on the table linens. Here are three alternatives to try instead.
LinenThey are called table linens for a reason, you know. The material is soft, lightweight, and can add an air of elegance to the table setting. Best of all, they match almost any theme: whether you're going for rustic, black and white, or even a nerdy aesthetic, the classic white linen tablecloths (complete with matching tablecloth clips, of course) is never a bad decision.
BurlapIf you want to make a statement that is subtle in its obviousness, a burlap tablecloth is the way to go. The brown/tan color is perfect for country or nature-themed occasions and creates a textured experience for your guests. Though many people expect anything burlap to be aggressively scratchy and irritating, the industry surrounding its use in weddings has made that understanding a thing of the past; burlap tablecloths, along with burlap napkins, prove that you can turn a rugged design accent into something befitting any occasion.
VinylIf your event isn't too upscale (or is going to be really messy), vinyl tablecloths are a solid choice. They'll be able to stand up to spilled drinks, food, and are very durable -- no picking allowed! Plus, they're reusable, so you can drag them out again when you celebrate again next year.
Caterers, on average, serve parties of between 100 and 250 people; do you really want that many of your closest friends and family members picking apart your table decorations? Ditch the disposable; choose from one of the three above instead!