A Properly Dressed Table

Tablecloth with a 10 inch overhang.
Tablecloth with a 10 inch overhang.

Although I need to be creating Easter crafts, all my time is being spent on my impending dinner party.  Every detail must be thought through and every task completed. Since I have no staff (in my daydreams, I have a butler to help!) to make assignments to, I get to stay up late to make sure it all gets done.

I had wanted pale blue tablecloths, and after searching high and low, finally found some that would work.  However, they were all much too big for my tables.  I spent several hours measuring, cutting and sewing new seams.  Why would I spend so much time on this, you ask?  I am a firm believer that a tablecloth should hang down no more than 10 inches on all sides.

Table in the process of being set for dinner.
Table in the process of being set for dinner.

Though books and online resources suggest overhangs of anywhere from 4 to 15 inches for a dining table, I feel sticking to a shorter length is easier for the dining guests to deal with.  If the tablecloth is resting in a person’s lap, they could easily mistake it for their napkin. A shorter length is more practical. It also looks better when the chairs are pushed in.  The tablecloth can hang straight and not pool in the chair seat.

Of course, for a service table, floor length is beautiful and does not cause the same problems as at a dining table.

Bonus:  Do you know what a bobeshe is?  It is a small glass ring that slides over a candle to catch melting wax so that it doesn’t get on your table or candlestick.

Here is a really dark shot of one of my candlesticks, but maybe you can discern the bobeshe.

Glass bobeshe resting on top of a candlestick.
Glass bobeshe resting on top of a candlestick.

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