Like many, I love to entertain. Also like many, I rarely have the time or money to throw elaborate parties (but still want to at least give the impression that I do!) One way to add some pizazz to your gatherings is to use simple, inexpensive plastic tablecloths — and not necessarily in the traditional way of placing them on your tables.
Take a look at this easy idea of draping them across your ceiling, canopy-style, with a few balloon embellishments and streamers. What a great way to add color and texture in a dramatic, eye-catching fashion, with few dollars and little effort.
This decorating technique could be used for a variety of parties — celebrating birthdays, baby or wedding showers, and holidays (e.g., Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas) –and could feature any number of color combinations to support a range of fun-to-elegant themes.
Use bows, ribbons, tulle or any other thematic or seasonal flair (pine cones? baby rattles?) to complete the look. Again, you can use one color or many, depending on the design you’re after; and these can be pulled to one side only… or hung so that they drape both sides of your doorframe. Maybe you want to drop them all the way to the floor so that they “puddle” like fabric draperies.
Last but not least, who has parties without photos, right? Whether people are taking them for casual Facebook posts or to eventually print and frame as a remembrance of the occasion, snapshots are a given. How about using plastic tablecloths to make an interesting backdrop for your guests? Whether you go a bit whimsical with a rainbow design or opt for something more subtle, alternating light colors, this is sure to delight your party-goers. You’ve not only created a conversation piece but a pseudo photo booth! Add an empty picture frame or other props if you want to allow for more variety.
Whatever your party purpose, plastic tablecloths are an inexpensive and versatile way to add a temporary design to your room(s), without taking hours of preparation to deliver an interesting and memorable effect. What are you waiting for? The Dollar Store is just a few minutes away…
Photo credits: Ceiling canopy photo provided by Toni Roberts (DesignDazzle.com) . Doorway photo provided by Jaime Costiglio (ThatsMyLetter.blogspot.com). Backdrop photo provided by Camille (Makoodle.com). For details on the “how to” behind these projects, please visit these sites.