Influencers and Tablecloths

It has been a strange week, full of highs and lows, with people both lost and gained, full of new places and adventures, whilst also taking comfort from the old.

I was particularly distressed to read of the latest TikTok dinner hack. This involves dumping the meal directly onto the centre of the dinner table which is covered in a plastic tablecloth. The point being that it makes meal times “fun” and there are no dishes to wash up afterwards.

I can think of a lot of other ways to make family time around the table fun, can’t you? Spaghetti Bog and Parmesan Cheese dumped in the centre of the table simply does not appeal. 

Personally, I like tablecloths. They add to the ambience of an occasion. Their colour, the feel of the fabric, their pattern, is every bit as important as the dinnerware that is used. Since downsizing I’ve limited my source to ten, and most are for daily wear. But on those rare times when the crystal glasses make an appearance so does the hand made lace tablecloth.

The earliest accounts of tablecloths in history were attributed to a poet named Martial in 103 AD, and they were believed to have been used to sop up spills and keep the tables generally clean. However, table coverings came into their own in the late 19th century following the growth in textile industries and the invention of the sewing machine.

These days they are mass produced and can be picked up as cheap as chips, especially in the current financial climate with Australia’s shortage of spuds.

I think back to earlier days when as youngsters we were punished for having our elbows on the table whilst eating, not eating everything on the plate, and incorrectly manoeuvring the knife and fork. How times change. 

I am pleased though that we are moving away from seersucker tablecloths. They may have saved on ironing but talk about butt ugly.

We will not be adopting this hack and if you must know we will also be retaining our top sheet in the bedroom. I’m not easily influenced.

14 thoughts on “Influencers and Tablecloths

  1. πŸ˜‚ This made me laugh!! No, there will be no dumped parmesan here either, I assure you!πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ I still have table clothes handed down from grandmothers and great aunts. They would haunt me, wholly, if I dumped the mashed potatoes dead center! The niceties must be observed!😜 Have a good weekend!πŸ’œ


      1. No not appetizing at all! I am so sorry your summer is brutal😬 It snowed here yesterday and was 60 degrees today 15 degrees Celsius I believe πŸ€” Texas can’t make up its mind whether it s winter or spring πŸ™„πŸ˜‚ Stay cool down there! πŸ’œ thanks for the well wishing! I hope you have a good one too!😊


  2. I hadn’t heard of this one – but it doesn’t surprise me. I can just imagine my grandmothers (in stereo and unison) saying “Where were they raised? In a barn?!?!” I have a hand crocheted lace tablecloth from my Great Aunt as a wedding gift, along with a Belgian lace tablecloth that was also a wedding gift! I’ve inherited several from my mother that come out at all the gatherings!

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  3. Unbelievable! What ever happened to table manners? We don’t always use a tablecloth but we regularly use placemats. Dan was often a messy eater, so placemats were easier. But for special dinners we get out the nice tablecloths and the good dinnerware. I love your bold dinnerware pictured above – get so tired of seeing boring white everywhere.

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    1. I’m desperate for a new dinner set but refuse to buy anything white.Hahaha. I love placemats too and they come in so many interesting colours and designs these day. For overseas family last Xmas I located sets of indigenous placemats: colourful, light to post, and included the story behind the design. Must get some for myself:)

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      1. Interesting thing is that research says people eat more when using white plates – must be all that white space. My refusal to have white is due to certain family pressure to update to white because they thought it was more “stylish’ or “sophisticated” or something like that, and I resent that. I don’t think people should be judged for their dinnerware – it’s about personal taste and expression. My dinnerware is lime green and dark blue, and if it gets a bit low, I look for something that tones in. Table manners, though, are a different thing. It doesn’t cost anything to be polite and well-mannered. Love the indigenous placemats idea – I’ll keep that in mind for next Christmas.

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  4. We don’t go for tablecloths much in our house, although my mother has some lovely cloths from France. They’re not fancy or fussy, just really beautiful – and easy to wash, too.

    As for dumping food in the middle of the table, it might be fun to try once, but I’m too old fashioned for this sort of thing. It seems disrespectful to both the cook and the food, somehow.


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