When we entertain large groups of people, two staples move from the garage to the patio: folding tables and chairs.
If you’re like me, you hate ugly things. And nothing says, “ugly” like a folding table.
I did a little research on the internet to find a company that sold custom covers for ugly folding tables. I thought about making a tablecloth, but wanted something sturdy and professional looking. In my research, I discovered a company called, “Tablevogue“. Tablevogue was founded in 2012 by a woman named, Jane Birdwell. I asked Jane as Founder, CEO & Creator of Tablevogue why she created Tablevogue. Here’s what she said:
“Tablevogue was created because I couldn’t find a good-looking table cover that would disguise my very functional but rather frumpy folding tables. After creating the sample and sharing with friends, I quickly realized this cover that I could see in my head would be useful for others…..at that moment I had no idea how many others and that has been very rewarding. Guess I am one of those women who sees a problem and can’t wait to fix it.”
On behalf of folding tables, and frustrated hostesses everywhere: THANK YOU, JANE BIRDWELL!
“I just couldn’t believe no one offered an elegant, affordable way to cover those hard-working folding tables that we all have. My choices were plastic or short cloths that left the ugly legs exposed — or renting one every time I needed it. Who has the time or money for that? So I decided I’d make my own,” Birdwell said.
Tablevogue tablecloths are designed and originated in the U.S.A. (very compelling). I recently ordered two 6-foot rectangular tablecloths to enhance our folding tables. When the Tablevogue cloths arrived, I was very pleased. I felt that the table cloths were reasonably priced, sturdy, and savvy. They met my expectations and were just what you see on their Facebook and website: high quality, sturdy products.
I opted for a cranberry color. It’s a versatile color that will coordinate with my fall entertaining, and works well for summer. I’ve used the Tablevogue tablecloths for several parties. They’re attractive durable, and provide full-length coverage for my 6-foot the folding table. Right out of the box, they add a tailored look, falling to the floor. (For me, covering those ugly, stick legs of the folding table, was a godsend). The material reminded me of the type of restaurant-grade fabric hotels and restaurants use for long-lasting tablecloths.
Don’t fret if you have a different sized folding table. Other sizes are available to fit for 34″ folding card tables and 6′ or 8′ folding tables (with additional sizes in development). I’m really sorry that I didn’t take a lot of photos for the two parties I threw using these tablecloths. We were so busy getting things ready for the party, and entertaining people that I forgot to take photos before and after. Oops! Here are a few good examples from Tablevogue though, that help to show the before and after so you can see the difference:
At our larger party, I liked the tablecloths because they provided a nice, neat look and make it perfect for extra guest seating. At another party, I found it created an elegant buffet table.
I went back and forth about purchasing the tablecloths from Tablevouge. Each tablecloth was about $60.00, but we entertain a lot, and I opted for a color that we could use season after season. Renting tablecloths is pretty expensive–and it’s another thing to do every time you want to rent them you have to get in the car, rent them, pay for it and return them. Lately, we’ve moved toward entertaining at home: it’s more personal, the food can be manages easier (especially with my food allergies) and people like to come to your home, and gather in your space. I purchased the tablecloths as an investment, and felt it would be a good way to use our tables again and again, and make every event a little more special.
Now that tailgaiting season is here, and we’ve invested in football tickets, we’re finding ourselves packing up our tables and entertaining on-the-go. I really love the way the Tablevogue tablecloths help pull together a look–but I am not too crazy about the price. For an at-home party it’s an investment piece. On-the-go it’s a luxury item. Sooooo, I did what any cheap person would do: I looked for a bargain on Amazon.com.
From time to time Tablevogue has colors and colleges in overstock, and you can find a deal. The day I searched, I found two 6-foot tablecloths for less than $50.00. We used them at our first tailgate and they created a nice look. If you can find an affordable set, I highly suggest these! The company isn’t paying me to tell you this–I just think the product is fantastic and worth considering as tailgaiting season is upon us and the holidays are fast approaching!
How about you?
Are you entertaining at home more?
What are you doing to make things more special around your house?
Tell me in the comments below!