7/24/08

I Love my New Tablecloth!

Last week I hosted my daughter’s soccer team, for an afternoon of swimming and snacks.


What can withstand squished brownies, watermelon juice, chips, cookie crumbs and spilled soda?

My new tablecloth!

I have to tell you I splurged on this beauty, but I used my birthday money to purchase it. When the lady in the kitchen store explained the benefits to me, I said, “SOLD!” I couldn’t pass it up, especially with the amount of entertaining that we do, oftentimes with kids.


This oilcloth from Provence Linens is so superb – you just wipe it down with a sponge and it’s like new (check out the link, my poppy tablecloth is 3 rows down). It’s perfect for everyday use at home, or an outdoor party on a picnic table – or like I used it for recently: A SOCCER PARTY!

What I love is that it will not fade and it is are water and stain resistant because of the acrylic-coated cotton. The coating can withstand many wash cycles, provided mild temperatures are used. It requires only occasional washing.

Besides, I would have to agree that it looks like linen, and much better than that old vinyl or plastic kind.

So, after swimming.


And badminton.


And freeze dancing.


And eating.

I’d say this tablecloth withstood the test. I cleared off the table, wiped it down, and it looked like new.

What do you think? Don’t you think a girl needs to splurge occasionally?

I say, “Yes!” Especially when it’s a tablecloth!


(My linen closet full of tablecloths – many from thrift stores, Good Will, yard sales, gifts from precious friends, and favorite stores like Ross or TJ Maxx).

31 comments:

ellen b said...

Oh girl, you are speaking my love language here. I'm such a sucker for a tablecloth! I just need a whole closet now to hang them nicely....
Your new one is a beauty!

Heidijayhawk said...

oh yes, i do love that new tablecloth. what a dream!

Sara at Miller Moments: said...

They are beautiful! I have just a few tablecloths, but I do dream of growing that collection someday! Thank you for sharing!

Tricia said...

Great tablecloth!!
I wanted to see if you had any ideas....I am having a luau surprise party for my husbands 40th birthday and I am needing some ideas for inexpensive center pieces. I will need about 10 of them...any great ideas?????

3CHEERS4MOM said...

Oh I love tablecloth! I have also started collecting table runners. I am addicted.

Pam said...

So pretty and practical. My DP and I were just chatting last night that our cloth tablecloths make it about one full day at our house before needing to be thrown back in the laundry.

Your new one looks exactly like what we've been needing for a long time. I'm headed over there to check it out and see if they have one to fit our round table.

Jillian, Inc. said...

Oh yes, a splurge now and then is a must. Love the tablecloth.

laurel said...

Wow, your linen closet is so organized! Very nice :)

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Sandy, I love your new tablecloth. You also have a very nice collection of tablecloths.

Tara said...

Hey, that is worth the splurge! I hate those vinyl/plastic jobs. We have NO tablecloths. I had a large piece of glass cut to fit the top of my dining room table. Lots of times we slip things between the glass and the table – like cut paper snowflakes – for decoration.
Looks like the girls had a great time, by the way.

Jen said...

I love your table cloths...how wonderful. I love the way they are hung up pressed nice and waiting to be used....

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Ha! My grandparents live 5 miles from the tablecloth store. Cazenovia is a completely gorgeous small town. Great farmer's market, fantastic homes, a beautiful lake... I have spent so much time in that town. Perhaps next time I am home visiting I will stop in Lavender Blue and check out the tablecloths. They look like they are absolutely stunning.

Enjoy the new cloth - it sounds perfect for you guys!

-Andrea

Monday through Sunday said...

Beautiful!

duchess said...

I just love the closet shot. Are you sure it's not Martha Stewart's closet?

Org Junkie said...

Oh it makes me giggly to hear about other people's addictions :)

linda t said...

I LOVE oil cloth!!
This is hard to believe, but I finally found THE one and ONLY place in all of Phoenix that sells oil cloth fabric!!
You are blessed to have that store near by!
Love your choice!

Grace said...

love the tablecloth, love dr pepper, love badminton, and i'd probably love freeze dancing, if i knew what it was... :)

a beach cottage sarah said...

oh I love your tablecloth organization, mine are dumped in an old suitcase or in the ironing basket lol!

love love love oilcloth, I've just ordered a new one, so much nicer than vinyl

I know you are the queen of entertaining but a whole soccer team of gals, wowza that is brave, I'm on an entertaining mission but I don't reckon I'll ever match that

great post Sandy, lurve ya blog

Kirstin said...

okay Sandy you have stirred in me a desire for aprons and table cloths! Of which I don't think I own any! Can't wait to be in my new house and use these things. Maybe I'll even take a bit of my garage sale money and go on a search for one. Whoo Hoo. I have a wonderful dresser that I love...I actually think I posted a picture of it earlier in the fall, that eventually I want to paint and use to store linens and such! Have to get a new bedroom set first though.

My Beautiful Mess! said...

I love your collection and I so love your blog!!

Rapunzel said...

Beautiful tablecloth! I love poppies. :-)

Kathleen said...

Hi there!

I love the new tablecloth and I love your blog!! I am the person you have described in your profile description - desperately want to entertain but am too intimidated by it. Afraid that everything might not be "just so". Therefore, finding your blog has been a blessing to me and I think I'm going to learn lots from you by reading your blog!

PS - I'm fairly new to canning but made and canned some delicious peach butter last year. I'm looking forward to expanding my recipes and canned fruits this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kathleen

~j~ said...

having had the privledge of seeing this tablecloth firsthand you absolutely made a great purchase!! the colors are sooo beautiful and it looks great on your table with the red flowers. Many,many wonderful memories are going to be made around that beauty!
And I am in the group that agrees a girl can NEVER have enough tablecloths! :)
xo j

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

That is one of the cutest table cloths we've seen.....a hint of vintage look about it - we love it!!
Karla & Karrie

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL TABLECLOTH! You will use this a lot but you already know that.

I just wanted you to know we actually entertained last night for the first time in a long while. Your blog has inspired me and gave me ideas galore. I want to thank you for posting so many creative ideas and simple ideas that I can use.

I know I will get more comfortable at this the more I do it so happy intertaining to you and yours today. Hugs~

queenoftheclick said...

Beautiful tablecloth. I love the pics of the girls celebrating summer!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

Fabulous new tablecloth. I felt guilty for having 8 tablecloths but not any more. I adore your idea of having them in a closet. It makes so much sense. Sorry to have missed you in Portland.

Debbie said...

First time visiting your blog - and found myself staying around for quite a long visit. Of course, I had to chuckle about the tablecloth - my son is getting married in two weeks and my husband and I are hosting the rehearsal dinner. Long story but I did purchase 6 beautiful floral vinyl tablecloths ( 2/5.00) at our local store - don't you just LOVE a bargain! I noticed you can fruits and veggies. I also love the PING sound. Any tips for canning dill pickles? They didn't come out as crisp as I had hoped.

see you there! said...

I haven't seen that fabric and will now look for it. I do have quite a pile - oops! collection! - of wonderful old tablecloths tho. Yes, I use a tablecloth every day.

Darla

GiBee said...

My love language too... I love how you store your table cloths. I have mine folded in a dresser, but I think hanging them is even better, because they wont get wrinkled after I've pressed them!

I love your new table cloth. I may have to get one for my kitchen!!

Stephanie said...

I love it! I never would have guessed it was oilcloth. I thought it was linen. Beautiful!