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What do you use on your dining table (if anything)?
Table cloth? Placemats? Bowls? flowers?

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#1 audrey09

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

Hi guys,

Just trying to get some ideas on what to do with my dining table... The one I haven't bought  yet!

I see very few people using table cloths these days and I personally haven't see any that it like.
I don't mind placemats though.

I've noticed lots of homes have vases, flowers etc.

Would love some ideas!


#2 happyvegemite

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

I have a gorgeous vintage white cake stand. I used to have oversized white candle holders but it was such a pain to always have to move them (up to 6 times a day).

Think of something that is not only pretty but functional as we use our dining table ALOT!


Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

We have a large wooden 8 seater table.

Until very recently, I only used a tablecloth at Christmas time. Now I'm using tablecloths and liking the change. No other reason other than something different.

Vase of fresh flowers in the middle is a homely touch.

#4 Lokum

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

At the moment?  Placemats and coasters stacked up (we use t each meal time), plus a vase of lillies, plus a onesie i need to exchange at target, a box of tissues, a poneapple, a sad-looking fruit bowl, an iphone charger, DH's wallet, a dish cloth and a toy crocodile.
It's usually marginally better, and we sweep miscellanous junk to one end for meals. We only use a. Table cloth at Christmas or when some VIP is over.

#5 asdf89

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

I have a small glass topped round table and don't use anything ohmy.gif
However in winter I have flowers in a vase on it (to try and brighten up the house), when I have guests for dinner I use placemats and at Xmas I have a small tree that goes on the table.

The lack of table cloth is mainly coz I couldn't find small round ones that weren't plastic.

My mum has a big wooden table - when its just a few people for dinner = placemats, big dinner likes xmas = table cloth.

Table cloths do make it easy to clean coz you can just take it outside and shake it.

#6 Three Of Hearts

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

I have a large dark wood table.  It has a red runner with a glass 'crackle' bowl on it with a candle in it.  At dinner time I use place mats original.gif

#7 Meagan

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

My mum uses table cloths always. Me, only at Christmas as the cat finds them wonderful things to play with! When my youngest settles down a bit, I will be sanding and refinishing it as the varnish has lifted.

#8 Feral timtam

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

Before DD got mobile I was a tablecloths all the way girl.
DD was one of those babies that love table cloths. After losing a frosted glass vase thanks to her table cloth fetish I stopped using them. The table promptly succumbed to 'flat surface syndrome'

She's a bit older now so I'm about to tackle using tablecloths again. I'm really hoping that the kids will leave them alone because when there is a table cloth on the table the dining room stays clean for longer.

#9 Fat Amy

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

My fruit bowl lives on our dining table. I move it each night when I set the table & we use round cork placemats with matching coasters that we received as a wedding gift.

#10 Bluenomi

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

Placemats with a scattering of cat fur  wink.gif Either the toddler or the cat would pull any tablecloths off and the cat would knock anything else left on there over. She sees the table as her morning snoozing spot (it gets the morning sun better than anywhere else in the house)

#11 pinkcupcakes

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:30 PM

we have an outdoor table setting for inside. ( more kid friendly me thinks.) its a glass tabletop, so i  use cloth placemats for easier cleaning, and as a centrpiece we have one of those sea-grassy type boat-shape things with an assortment of seagrass balls and cool looking flowers.

#12 Peridot

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

Ours is very simple.. placemat with a lucky bamboo plant!!

Edited by Peridot, 24 January 2013 - 02:37 PM.

#13 *LucyE*

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

Once upon a time, we had a white linen table cloth (had several on rotation), large hurricane lamp with a big pillar candle.  Sometimes I would change the candle for in season fruits from our garden.  

At meal times, we would remove the hurricane lamp, set place mats and we would pick flowers every afternoon and have a small vase with some small candles.

Then I had 2 more children.  The place mats were ditched because they became too difficult to clean due to little people dropping and smearing food into them.  The table cloth was ditched when I couldn't keep up with washing for a house of 5 and lost my laundry for a while.  The hurricane lamp is now in the bathroom and with our never ending reno, we don't have any pretty flowering plants anymore.  The candles come out when we lose power (thanks Ergon!) and it is kinda nice and romantic lol.

I've now accepted the scratches and dents in our dining table.  One day I will have it sanded and refinished.  Not right now though.

#14 Banana Pancakes

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:34 PM

I swap between a table runner and a colourful placemat in the middle of the table. I also have a medium pot plant in a beautiful blue cermaic pot resting on top of it. I love pot plants and this particular one came from a cutting from my Granny so its even more special.

#15 audrey09

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

Thanks guys,some good ideas there.

Might need a visit to ikea. biggrin.gif

#16 Fr0g

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

I have a large white table, with 2 solid 'legs', which is protected by a sheet of glass.

I buy a couple of metres of beautiful fabric every couple of years, for under the glass (no overhang) - with a contrasting pattern so it stands out. I also keep our fruit bowl on the table.

You've reminded me to go buy some more fabric!

#17 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

Very rarely use the dining table as we either eat outside or in the kitchen. When we do use the "fancy eatin' table" we use placemats (got new ones for Christmas). Tablecloths are usually used for Christmas only, when we eat outside because we can't fit everyone inside. The dining table is home to my antique fruit bowl and assorted paperwork.

#18 beaglebaby

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

I'm guessing you're not after the sewing machine, assorted sewing paraphernalia, back to school necessities, wrapping paper, handbag and assorted water bottles look that ours has succumbed to?  No?

I used to have a really lovely table runner from Country Road, it was an engagement present.  Some lowlife stole it when they broke in while we were moving, they only got 3 of the 4 matching placemats though so I sometimes pull out the poor remaining placemat to put something nice on in the centre.

I still love tablecloths. Apart from being so versatile they cover up the fact that after 3 children we're soon going to need to sand down our table and refinish it.

#19 tkenhrb

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Heavy duty PVC easy to keep clean.

#20 stephanu

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

i always use tablecloths. I think they are charming. Under the tablecloth I use a felt backed plastic tablecloth to protect the table.

Instead of a vase with flowers I just always have my over flowing fruit bowl in the middle of the table. I actually think it looks prettier and more inviting than flowers. It also means my kids eat plenty of fruit because its right in front of them. Tounge1.gif

#21 brazen

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:36 PM

do piles of folded washing count?

seriously, when we do actually use the table (when we have guests) we usually use a tablecloth.

#22 Justaduck

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

When the dining table was more for ornamental purposes we had a table runner, tealight candles in a wooden thing etc

Now that we use it every day as we have access to it we have just a lamp at the wall end (oh and junk like the laptops)

DD would just rip the tablecloth off from her highchair if we used it

#23 JustBeige

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

We use tablecloths now that the kids are older.  You can find them in homewares shops or even DJ's or Myers.  We also use placemats and have a lazy susan in the middle for serviettes and condiments.

We have a large wooden 8 seater.

#24 Gudrun

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

For entertaining a rubber 'mat' to protect the polish and a tablecloth over that.

Otherwise just a table-runner.

My Thai sister-in-law gave us a Thai tablecloth with matching runner; very nice.

Everyday on another table, nothing, just groovy salt and pepper shakers and a nice wooden potstand.  And 'The Diary'.

#25 MrsWidget

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE (beaglebaby @ 24/01/2013, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm guessing you're not after the sewing machine, assorted sewing paraphernalia, back to school necessities, wrapping paper, handbag and assorted water bottles look that ours has succumbed to?  No?

Yes ours has a sewing machine, assorted sewing paraphernalia, fruit bowl and other odds and ends. Per kids we used to have a gorgeous pewter fruit dish.

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