Tablecloths - do you use one?

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  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Do you ever use a tablecloth? It seems they are no longer fashionable and the only time I encounter them these days is in Indian restaurants or very occasionally in 'high end' restaurants although the last 4 times I dined in Michelin starred restaurants there were no tablecolths.

    I think its not simply fashion but to do with easy wipeable dining table tops combined with easy clean table mats (and the fact that a lot of people don't want extra laundry and ironing).

    Do you use them (and why?) and do you have some special tablecloths?
     
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    A bit of history:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/23/table-cloths-folded-away-as-family-dining-goes-informal/
     
  3. Lullabelle

    Lullabelle Midlands, England

    Location:
    Leicester UK
    We do sometimes. When I have a jigsaw set up on the table we cover with a tablecloth to protect it-still use placemats. When we have guests at Christmas we use 1 and dress the table, day to day we don't.
     
  4. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    I have a tabletop protector we use as a table cloth on a daily basis. It is easy to wipe down and as I run my business from my kitchen table it really helps.

    I have a beautiful hand made table cloth I bought in made it a as a present for my mother-in-law and I was rescued it when my fath-in-law tried to throw it away after her death.

    He was throwing it away as something was going mouldy on it, but I just gave it a was and it came up lovely. He said I could have it. I don't think it is something he would ever use.

    Has to be a special occasion to use it as I have an aversion to ironing.

    I think there is more of a shift to convenience and being more 'green'.

    My parents use one when they have guests (proper guests) but even they now from trays watching the news. We always used to have them on the table when I was little but the seersucker ones that didn't show stains or need ironing. The 'posh' linen came out for lunday lunch.
     
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  5. alexander

    alexander Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Heh - I remember my Mum used to use a tablecloth but I haven't seen her do that for a long time. This Christmas she used a red paper tablecloth which looked very festive.
     
  6. rascal

    rascal Senior Member

    We have a tablecloth on 24/7 here. If guests are coming the good table clothes come out, and the napkins etc.

    Russ
     
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  7. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Ah! I have noticed that paper tablecloths for special occasions are now advertising as 'linen look'.
     
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  8. rascal

    rascal Senior Member

    We have a special Xmas day tablecloth. Red with all the decorations.

    Russ
     
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  9. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Senior Member

    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    As I mentioned on the other thread, we have a white tablecloth on permanently because our dining table is getting a bit old and battered and whilst we ideally want to replace it with a white topped table, we haven't yet found the right one. So I've used a range of tablecloths over the past few years to get the effect I want. I started with a cheap cotton one which looked good initially and washes well but I no longer use it because it needs ironing (and I hate ironing). We then had a polyester one for a while which was fine to start with because doesn't need ironing, but eventually stains stopped coming out fully. Our current one is white vinyl with silver sparkles in it - it looks great and I love that it can be wiped clean.

    At Christmas time we have a couple of fancy embroidered tablecloths that we use for special meals and for the rest of the festive season I have I have novelty vinyl tablecloth with Santas on it :happy:
     
  10. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Join the club!

    Much more sensible - those 'oil-cloth' type vinyl ones can look rather chic.
     
  11. Lullabelle

    Lullabelle Midlands, England

    Location:
    Leicester UK
    Am I the only one who doesn't have a problem with ironing :unsure:
     
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  12. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    Do you iron tea towels?
     
  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Probably - I seriously haven't ironed anything for many, many years. I don't even know where the iron is!
     
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  14. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    I very rarely buy anything that needs ironing. If I do, husband irons it when he irons his shirts.
     
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  15. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Good - at least he irons his own shirts! Why do men have to wear this stupid uniform with shirts that need ironing? Not their fault of course but its such a strange antiquated idea of 'correct smart attire' in the workplace.
     
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