Free Fabric Friday + Contest Reminder (amazing prizes!)

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Tablescape Contest

Have you entered our Table Stitch, Table Set, Tablescape Contest yet? All you have to do is set your table with your lovely hand-sewn linens, take a photo, tell a short story about it and send us a link– Voila, you are entered!

Up for grabs are some amazing prize packages for our three favorites:

First Place:

Second Prize:

Third Prize:

How to enter:

  • Set a table with your hand-sewn napkins, placemats, coasters, tablecloths, table runners, chair covers, trivets or other linens. (Feel free to mix your handmade items with non-handmade pieces.)
  • Post images of your handmade table setting on Flickr, in our forum, on your own blog, etc.
  • Include a description about the handmade items as well as other interesting things that may be on the table. Describe the theme or mood and what inspired you. In other words, tell us the story of your table.
  • Go to this post and submit the URL for your entry in the comments by September 30.
We’ll give away one yard of fabric to 5 people. Tell us about your table-setting habits. Do you set a pretty table only for special occasions or all the time? Flowers? Themes? Are your children involved? Fess up if you iron your napkins. We want to know! Winners will be selected Monday. Have a great weekend!


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135 Responses to Free Fabric Friday + Contest Reminder (amazing prizes!)

  1. debi tullier says:

    Have winners been announced yet? Thank you

  2. Leena says:

    I set up my table very day for dinner: runner, mat, napkin, cutlery etc. On special occasions I bring out my special dinner set, add candles and/or flowers. Both of us work so the only time the family eats together is for dinner. Why not make it special everyday 🙂

  3. I live in Portugal and we have lots of sun here. When we get the chance, we make picnics in the forest or near the beach. We have a really nice picnic basket with flower fabric around to protect the food and the nice and happy cotton towel. When it’s raining we love to receive our friends at home and make a really fancy table with linen napkins and candles. We love it!

  4. Sam says:

    For everyday we try to eat as a family,the table is set with place mats and I am sad to say paper napkins 🙁 but on holidays and special occasions I go all out with tablecloth, napkins, table runner,, candles and anything else I can add to make it look and feel special.

  5. Emilie says:

    We usually only decorate table on special occasion! I try to make the table look good for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  6. Janet V says:

    We normally use a tablecloth, place mats and napkins, and often have fresh flowers on the table that my husband brings every so often, but as we’ve just moved here from the UK and our shipment of household goods has not arrived yet, we are eating on picnic plates and using paper towels for napkins! Our table is barren, but we are together! Once we are settled I shall be sewing and crafting once again. And eating a civilized meal with tablecloths, place mats and napkins 🙂

  7. Sarah R. says:

    I definitely only set a pretty table for special occasions. Same with ironing napkins. Otherwise its just some mix-matched combo of our basic, everyday placemats and cloth napkins.

  8. Mary Mac says:

    I haave a beautiful handquilted table runner but other wise nothing fancy for dinnerware. It is just myself and my husband so our dinners are relaxed.

  9. Tammi says:

    It’s a miracle just to have everyone sitting at the table. I claim that small victory with placemats and utensils. Fancy settings are for another battle.

  10. Jayne says:

    Special table settings are for holidays! I do make my children (oh they love it so! Especially since they are grown!) pull out the ‘festive fold’ book for napkins every holiday! The rest of the year is cloth place mats and napkins for every meal. And yes, we eat at the di ing table nearly every night!

  11. Mama Lusco says:

    I usually only do special table settings for holidays. We use fabric napkins all the time, so no ironing here!

  12. Kristin says:

    I only do table settings for holidays and special occasions, but I’m thinking of sewing up some cloth napkins. They are eco friendly and add a little something to the table everyday.

  13. Carmen says:

    Ugh? Iron napkins? I’m lucky if the tablecloth gets ironed. Sadly, I rarely set our table fancy unless it’s a special holiday, and those don’t happen often because most are held at the in-laws.

  14. Faye Nettles says:

    I love a pretty table. I mainly set a special table when family or friends come to visit. We don’t have a main dining room, but do have a separate dining area in our open concept kitchen. I do love fresh floweres on the table and I do Iron my napkins for special occasions.

  15. Lizzie says:

    Setting the table? Not really happening at the moment with a 7 month old! I am hoarding fabric for table linens to sew later, including napkins, which I do iron!

  16. Cal says:

    I love a beautiful table, but sadly, very seldomly actually do it. We do set the table daily, mostly with tablecloths I make from fabric yardage, which I choose to echo the theme of parties (thanksgiving, new year’s eve, birthdays, etc). But every day is more function than style, and it does not look particularly good. I do not iron napkins, but do iron the table cloth open on the table when setting it for special occasions.

    A candle with some short decorations make a centerpiece for most special occasions.

  17. Deb Cameron says:

    We do special table settings for special occassions and visitors, we always have candles on those occassions and my boys love the whole process, including setting up and putting away! However, our favourite table setting is when we have a BBQ outside, visitors or no, we love eating outside as we back onto a forest and my clever husband has lit the forest so it is like a wonderland, we all marvel at how beautiful it is each and every time 🙂

  18. Nicole says:

    I usually only set the table for special occasions & holidays. Most of the time, it’s covered in crafty projects.

  19. Nina says:

    I hardly ever set the table at home – maybe occasionally when a friend or my sister is over for a meal, but even then it’s very casual. But I love to set the table at my parents’ house for Christmas dinner and other special meals. Lots of tealights (beeswax) in mismatched glass holders is a favourite look.

  20. melle e. says:

    I keep the table set with pretty fabric and my *table scape* alk the time. A basket of vintage tea towels we use as napkins, and mason jars of spooms, forks, knives, and straws. We have too many kitties to keep dishes on they table all the time, but the rest is there day in, day out.

  21. DianeY says:

    Only do something special if there is company coming. For every day, I’m lucky to get out a paper napkin, knife & fork!

  22. Ashley says:

    We don’t normally dress our table up too much. Our two boys make like to test out their hulkness on anything within reach. LOL They are 3 and 2. This year we will be trying something different for Thanksgiving that will withstand their destruct mode. I purchased a beige, clothe, thanksgiving table clothe and a fabric pen. Every year anyone attending our thanksgiving will be writing what they are thankful for on the table clothe. Through the years it will collect all the special memories we share around the table with loved ones. Hopefully in a year or two my table may be adorned with pretty decor that won’t be threatened by two little boys.:)

  23. amy dame says:

    i’m single, and my table is usually covered in fabric! i usually eat at the couch, or if it’s soup, i push my sewing machine back and use the front half of the table. my apartment is more studio than home, and i’d rather have the extra sewing space! i DO use cloth napkins at all meals though, i collect vintage ones in shades of blue and green.

    for family diners at my parent’s house, we set the table that my grandfather refinished 30 years ago, and use a padded table runner that i made in place of trivets.

  24. Jen C. says:

    The table linens only come out for the holidays. =)
    Thanks for having a giveaway!

  25. Jen S says:

    I set a table according to each occasion. Daily: from nothing to single candle and vase of flowers. Romantic date: table cloth, candles, perhaps flowers. I’d love some place-mats and guess I should get cracking at sewing some.
    Always unscented candles at a table when food involved. My mantle decorations vary by season: natural elements, scented candles, artwork or framed photos, and/or a couple figurines.

  26. Brie says:

    Nothing formal here! We use washcloths as our napkins. They work great with the kids and are cheap, absorbent, and come in lots of colors!

  27. I keep a handmade seasonal table topper on the table nearly year round. I may dress it up a little more when we have guests.

  28. jen says:

    i never iron unless sewing! and I rarely set a table.

  29. marci says:

    we love tablecloth or placemats ! also always use cloth napkins. i have some sets of these embroidered by my grandmother, and use them everyday, machine wash them all the time and they still look perfect.

  30. Linda says:

    We normally use the kitchen table for regular meals, but it is always set with placemats or a table cloth. When we have company we use the diningroom table and I set it with my hand made placemats and napkins. And yes, I iron both and put the napkins in rings beside the place settings or in a water glass, or sometimes fold them in a special way. Quite often I will place a small flower setting in the middle of the table and try to coordinate it to the placemats.

  31. carole says:

    I set the table nicely on Friday when we have some family over for a relaxed dinner and maybe watch a little baseball afterwards! I like flowers on the table and we always use nice fabric napkins which I love to make.

  32. Lisa m says:

    We shove the mail out of the way, and try to teach our daughter (2_1/2) to set the table. Sometimes, I grab some flowers from the garden for a quick centerpiece, but that’s it. And at holidays, we usually have so many people and dishes that there’s not a lot of room for decorations. Hey, it’s real life.

  33. We always use coasters and cloth napkins, but usually they are mismatched, lol. We don’t usually use a tablecloth, because I don’t want to wash tablecloths every single day and my preschooler is still a pretty messy eater!

  34. Erin says:

    My husband does most of the cooking, so I try to make sure the table is appropriately adorned for whatever he makes. Handmade napkins and placemats are there and I am working on trivets.

  35. Rachel B says:

    I like to set the table for special occasions but am thinking I should do it more often. I especially love tablecloths as they were my mothers go to for a quick pretty table.

  36. Lucy says:

    I think the idea of ironing napkins is hysterical. You put a bunch of colors on the table– to liven the spirit and you let the PEOPLE and CONVERSATION make the lasting impression. Nobody will remember if you ironed this or that– and if they do– im not sure in my spheres it would be a positive observation!

  37. Lindsey F says:

    Place mats, fabric napkins (yes, I do iron them) and candles every night.

  38. beth says:

    I love using my ceramic dishes with a vase of sunflowers and a candle in the middle. For extra special times, it’s my grandmother’s china and daintier flowers and yes, candles.

  39. Becky says:

    This gives me inspiration to get busy with a fall decor for the table. I usually leave it the same all year but this year will be different! I’ll get busy and enter soon.

  40. Katherine says:

    Special occassions! I do have handmade placemats for everyday use and then there’s the quilted patchwork covers I made to recover our kitchen chairs… they help to make everyday special. ;o)

    I especially love to bring out my favourite vintage linen tablecloths and linen napkins with candles for girls’ nites.

  41. stacey says:

    we try to use cloth napkins to save on the paper…we all have our own napkin rings and the napkins get reused until they’re dirty enough to be washed! the table gets “set” for special occasions…

  42. MC says:

    my napkins are paper so I defintely don’t iron them… but I’ve made a few fun items and like to sometimes put together a fun table setting. Looking forward to taking photos for the contest this weekend!

  43. Tamie says:

    We set the table every time. We don’t have flowers often but we have candle every time!

  44. Wendy says:

    Our kids usually set the table; we use fabric napkins made from vintage sheets and almost always have an oilcloth tablecloth on the table. I try to put flowers on whenever we have some blooming in the yard; in the colder months we have a candle or an oil lamp out, and the kids enjoy eating by candlelight.

  45. mary beth says:

    love to set the table…not fancy but flowers from the garden, handwoven placemats from a friend, salt and pepper shakers mounted on matchbox cars…kids get into it. The children will do together. This week my daughter folded the cloth napkins and instructed her younger brother to place the silverware inside the folds…we received mismatched china dishes as a wedding gift. My son loves to set table w/ them. He likes to use the silver…but only mom hand washes that so we don’t uses as often as they like. Sorry no photos tonight.

  46. Missy says:

    Sorry to say that my table is usually covered with backpacks and books and such. Only on very special occasions do we actually even use a table cloth. It just is not very practical for us.

  47. M says:

    We dont have special table settings, we just have placemats, put the spoon n fork n covered them with plates!:)

  48. jm says:

    Flowers of course…anything much fancier is for company!

  49. Donna S. says:

    Rarely do I set a pretty table. Most of the time it is just hubby & me. I do usually have a table topper or tablecloth with centerpiece on my table though

  50. Morgan says:

    With two very young kids my table’s only decor is a vinyl tablecloth for now. But I do buy up cloth napkins at yard sales so we have pretty ways to wipe up the messes at least. 🙂

  51. Rochelle says:

    I don’t think I have ever really set the table. If anything I toss a napkin and fork on the table. Definitely do not iron the napkins, actually, we need some new ones.

  52. Brooke says:

    We never use our dining room table so I like to have it set nicely all the time with seasonal decor.

  53. Erin says:

    We usually only set a fancy table when we have guests. Otherwise the girls help us set silverware and use the fabric napkins that I made with some of my favorite scraps. I DO NOT iron unless we are hosting a very fancy dinner!

  54. Christine M says:

    My 3 boys take it in turns to set the table. Mostly there is only the basics laid out (salt, pepper, sauce). But every now and then, my middle son loves to put the candles out and we light them during the meal. If we have a dinner party, I’ll put out some fancy things!

  55. Beth says:

    Although I keep my table “dressed” with a fabric table cloth and table runner and we do only use cloth napkins, I have to admit that we only bring the silverware necessary to the table. For instance, if we are having soup, we only set the table with bowls and spoons. Chicken? Only forks. It is a rare occasion that we have knives, spoons and forks on the table!

  56. Bethany says:

    I don’t set a ‘pretty’ table exept for those special times. Other then that I have to clear it off at night form the newest project i have going on!! I do love to have a nicely set table for thanksgiving and christmas and easter. I love to have a cute center piece with a table runner, no table cloth (I love the look of wood).


  57. Tartankiwi says:

    I must admit that even before I had children I very rarely set a pretty table. Maybe I’ll do it when my little girl gets a bit older as I know she’d love it!

  58. Sarah S. says:

    I love having a tablecloth on my table with a pretty centerpiece. Sometimes my centerpiece is a big bowl with fruit in it, but thanks to my three little ones, it always ends up with lego men, crayons and sucker wrappers in it too!

  59. Ramona says:

    I used to set the table every night when the kids were home but now they are all grown and I eat in the living room. I love to set a pretty holiday table though with table cloth, fabric napins, china, etc.

  60. Serena says:

    I kind of never really set the table prettily, but just yesterday was thinking that I REALLY need to start.

  61. Jennifer says:

    I only set the table with a special theme and nice linens for special occasions and guests. But my 5 year old daughter loves to get out my cloth napkins and tablecloths and set her own over-the-top table, complete with handmade plastic beaded necklaces hanging from the chandelier and random ribbons hanging like streamers 🙂

  62. Deb H. says:

    I Love setting a pretty table. When the kids were home, I set the table everyday. I have to say that now it is just hubby and I, I don’t do it very often. He likes to eat watching TV, something we never did when the kids were home.

  63. Debbie says:

    We always have one of our quilted runners on the table with a simple centerpiece. We ‘set’ the table for dinner each night, and amazingly enough, hubby is the ironer of the cloth napkins, which is what we always use at mealtimes.

  64. Amy B. says:

    I set a pretty table more in the fall and winter! No ironing napkins here. There is always a tall candle in the center!

  65. Rebecca says:

    I always have a quilted table topper on my table, and like to change what’s on top of it with the seasons 🙂

  66. Becky says:

    My kiddos are involved, so our table arrangements tend to be simple, using indestructible objects. 🙂 We do formal place settings when we have guests over, but that’s about it.

  67. Melissa Q. says:

    I really hope to snap a photo of our table but in the meantime…our table setting is like this: we keep a pretty runner out at all time with a basket of cloth napkins and food comes to the table in fits and starts. We only ‘set’ it at the holidays.

  68. Pre 2 year old, we set the table well and often. I loved to set a beautiful table and my husband creates delicious food. Now all that fancy stuff is reserved for holidays and special dinners. But it doesn’t take much to make a guest feel loved. So I always have an arsenal of “prettiness” on hand. And yes, that includes ironed tablecloths and napkins!

  69. Retro Mod Momma says:

    I am awful. I only set it pretty for holidays/special events. I’m a simple person with my white dishes. I intend to make my own napkins soon and thought it’d be fun to have all white but add some for each season. So I might just get more festive yet.

  70. beth says:

    I only do special table settings on Friday, or when we have company. The rest of the week my husband gets home too late.

  71. Gina L. says:

    We use place mats and a simple flower/fruit arrangement made from whatever is green or blooming in the yard. Some creativity is needed during winter!

  72. Irenoski88 says:

    I set my table every night because we both have lunch at work and it is a nice habit to eat as a family every night and share a moment with them. Thank you very much for the giveaway!

  73. Stephanie says:

    Wait, you mean people actually set their tables? LOL. Ours is usually covered with my sewing supplies, since it’s really the only good, useable space I have for sewing. So unless having a rotary cutting mat on the table counts as a placemat, I’m afraid to say ours is woefully neglected. 🙂

  74. teaginny says:

    pretty table for special occasions only, but then I have two young boys. 🙂

  75. Jenny C says:

    As a mum of youngsters – my focus is having all meals at the table together, with good food, rather than on how pretty the table looks. However on special occasions we have flowers and napkins.
    I do wish I had a photo of the drawn thread work table runner I made for my SIL, to enter in the rest of the competition.

  76. Marie says:

    I use cloth napkins everyday—so much more eco.

  77. Chancy says:

    Lol. I never set the table. And paper towels are my napkin of choice. Although maybe I should make placements and remedy my ways.

  78. jennifer says:

    To confess, I only even get out the placemats (except the wipe-off kind for my kids) when we have company! I am lucky to get silveware set onto the table. Hah.

  79. Leah says:

    I dress my table up seasonally with a runner and some sort of centerpiece to go along with the season. But when I have friends over, I definitely love to go all out and make a colorful table setting.

  80. Judith says:

    Now that I have a table that can take a bit of heat, I’ve quit using place mats, but I still like to use cloth napkins. The cotton day-to-day ones don’t need ironing, but the special occasion linen ones do. Table cloths are reserved for big groups when I want to disguise that I’m using two tables!

  81. Elisabeth says:

    Linen napkins and placemats, always, but a full table set-up only for special occasions or parties.

  82. Emily says:

    I used to use really nice tablecloths until I caught my husband using one as a napkin!! Now we eat on the nice china daily, sans the cloth. I have to admit, though, I use paper towels to wipe mouths.

  83. Patti says:

    I generally just have a table runner on my dining room table, and change it seasonally! With 2 cats in the house, putting anything else on the table is courting disaster! Thanks for the giveaway.

  84. Katy D. says:

    I hardly set the table tese days because my 17 month old likes to pull on placemats and table cloths. I will set a pretty Christmas table though! I love a nice setting!

  85. Rita says:

    As a kid I had a book on folding cloth napkins. That was a genious way for my mom to get me to set the table. I’ll have to remember that when my little ones are older.

  86. Liz says:

    I only set a table for special occasions, but it’s usually just me, sometimes the boyfriend. But there are always cloth napkins in use! 🙂

  87. Andrea says:

    My table has three little kids eating at it every few hours so it is not fancy. Recently we moved into our first house though so I make a little more effort to make it pretty. That simple consists of trying to wipe it down more often and having a runner or small table topper on it with some fresh flowers or our bowl of fruit. Just something simple.

  88. Anomori says:

    I like setting up a nice table when I have the occasion. When I was a child I loved doing it for big events like Christmas. I guess that when I have children of my own I’ll involve them. For now we’re keeping it pretty simple, especially since we don’t really have nice linens or dishes yet. I’m planning on sewing some napkins, tablecloths and place mats. Both for special occasions and for every day. I love the idea of having parties/diners with a theme, but I haven’t been able to do it yet.

  89. Jamie says:

    I try to set a nice table every night. Cloth napkins, vintage table cloths and candles. My 2 & 3 year olds like to pick out which napkin everyone gets (they’re all different ones) and get the silverware for each person out of the drawer. My mom always set a nice table growing up, so I think it is a good tradition. The rest of the house is usually a mess, but the table looks pretty!

  90. Laura R says:

    I tend to have small linens on my table (just placemats or napkins) because my husband cut a big hole in the middle of the table, put painted glass in the hole, and lit it from underneath. I would hate to cover that with a table cloth or runner! It looks really nice with coordinated linens and rustic centerpieces, though 🙂

  91. Melanie says:

    I only do a special table setting for Thanksgiving, when we host dinner. I made a Peanuts tablecloth years ago, and that makes an appearance every year. I also made harvest-themed napkins from a few packs of fat quarters and crocheted autumnal napkin rings embellished with fall leaf buttons. For daily meals I just use the napkins I made from bright quilting cotton to coordinate with my Fiestaware. Fun and bright!

  92. Melanie C says:

    I just set the table for holidays and special occasions. My boys are still young so dinner is quite messy 🙂

  93. Kelli says:

    I don’t have placemats all the time and we don’t use cloth napkins, but we sit at the kitchen table most every night and we always eat together (if possible)…

  94. Kimberly N says:

    Every day we use a tablecloth and placements. Special occasions like holidays and guests I pull out a nicer table cloth and decorate some with flowers or another centerpiece. It’s hard to keep to much on the table right now with little ones in the house, but I hope to make myself a nicer every day set of linens after we are mostly done with spilled milk (and everything else!).

  95. Fran says:

    I’ve always used cloth napkins & iron them…
    ditto for table cloths. I like to think of it as
    recycling….& it’s fun to look at a table cloth
    and remember where I found it or the fabric.
    On special occasions I like to really jazz it up
    with ornaments, flowers, candles, vintage china
    ….a table that is “eye candy”!

  96. Erin Palmer says:

    I set the table everyday but it never is too fancy, no cloth napkins. I do like to have fresh flowers on my table but in the winter that gets pricy so I have some other center pieces.

  97. Becky says:

    Why yes, I’d love a free yard of fabric! My table setting habits ALWAYS include cloth napkins, even for every day. Besides the color and creativity, it allows us to feel like we’re doing our green earth a favor. And no, sadly I do not iron them. Unless it is a formal occasion, in which we sit in the dining room instead of the kitchen, and low lights hide a multitude of sins.

  98. Bruinbr says:

    Pretty tables are just for holidays around here! We’re just happy to get dinner on the table each night!

  99. Janice Svercek says:

    Every day I set my table with a pretty placemat that I have sewn. I love to make placemats for every season and holiday. They are easy to sew and much cheaper than buying them. Holidays and girlfriend lunches are when I really dress up my table.

  100. Emily T says:

    We eat dinner as a family almost every single night, and the four year-old always helps to set the table – but I’m sorry to admit that Thanksgiving dinner is just about the only time I pull out my beautiful vintage table cloth and the “fancy” cloth napkins.

  101. Marcia Kosturock says:

    I have my table set with a crocheted table cloth that my mother made for me. On top of that I have some placemats that my husband bought for me.. yep store bought, I havn’t made placemats YET.. but I will get there someday soon. I’m still a newbie in the quilting world, and trying hard to finish my first project, so I can move on to all of the inspiring projects out there.

  102. alison says:

    We set a pretty table only for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving birthdays and parties. The table is set every night – usually by my kids, but a pretty table is only for special occasions at our house.

  103. Emily B says:

    Our table setting varies wildly. We always sit down together as a family, but it often seems that a project has taken over half the table. We do use cloth napkins, which is fun. My daughter sets the table and depending on her mood chooses from our various colored Fiestaware for the look she wants. We grew decorative gourds this year, so those will be the main look this Fall!

  104. Sarah says:

    I am slowly training my husband to help me set the table (or remind me!) when it is just the two of us. It feels so much more adult (less university residence!)

    I don;t use linnens very often, but have had a lot of fun setting and decorating the table for holidays when I am the hostess instead of a guest. (About as a teen my cousin, aunt, and I made a set of easter napkins – on easter weekend of course – that are still put out every year and look great!)

  105. Rachael says:

    I only fancy up the table for special occasions. We normally all use place mats and cloth napkins though. I used to use a runner, but have stopped since small kids tend to pull them off the table. I am working on making the kids “place setting” place mats of their own so they have something for them, and it will help them learn to set the table!

  106. JenV says:

    Hmm . . . the silverware is rarely in the right place. I wish I could blame that on the kids. 😉 Our family table is little so on special occasions I dress up the nearby buffet which is nice because I can leave it to enjoy for a while. The dining room is where we display kid artwork so it is ever changing and always full of life.

  107. Heather K says:

    I’m lame. Only for special occasions. When my kids were little I’d do more themes. Now, it’s mostly Thanksgiving and Christmas. Looking forward to the inspiration that is sure to come from SMS!

  108. I dream of having a pretty table, but I ruin it using my table as a catch-all for mail, food, and other random things. I like having people over so I have a reason to clean it off and make it look nice. My favorite table item is teacups. They make anything look pretty!

  109. Gill says:

    I set the table for every meal and try to always have flowers from the garden on it1 A ‘pretty’ table is just for special occasions!

  110. Terri says:

    I only dress up the table for special occasions.

  111. jessicac says:

    I try and keep my table set with pretty placemats all the time, and a small plant, candle and usually my empty ostrich egg! I get a little fancier on special occasions, and pull out the candlesticks, and cloth napkins!

  112. I love vintage linens. I like a romantic table setting. I also love vintage colored tablecloths like avocado green and mustard yellow.

  113. beverly says:

    We’re lucky to have handmade cloth napkins! Dinner always feels like a rush to get on the table, but the napkins are the one part that’s always there. But, when we have time & are having guests, there is a table cloth, cloth napkins & candles. I have tall glass votives & I let the kids make paper decorations to wrap the glass in. Sometimes, the kids will make more table decorations, such as wild flower bouquets, but it’s never too fussy. Because, let’s be real, usually a glass of milk is spilled on the table w/in minutes of everyone sitting down! It’s never a dull moment! The important point is including the kids.

  114. Taysha Riggs says:

    Sadly, I only set the table for holidays. We’re small living it in an apartment so aside from holidays our table works as a makeshift desk 🙂

  115. svetlana says:

    I keep my table simple, this way we can eat, clean up, and I can still have time to get some sewing done.

  116. lisa says:

    I confess! I iron my napkins I can’t help it….
    Growing up my mother never used anything but cloth napkins and still does. Which has inspired me to make them on my serger.
    I love making new fresh ones to go with all type of decor or celebrations.

  117. I enjoy looking at tablescaping ideas, but my own tables are always plain and simple!

  118. Elizabeth says:

    We only lay out the table for guests and special occasions. And yes, we iron our napkins! This may explain why we don’t go to the effort daily. 🙂

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  119. Christine says:

    I love when my 3yr old daughter helps set the table with me. We don’t do fancy except for holidays.

  120. Glenys says:

    All we ever set up our table with is delicious food!

  121. Amy G. says:

    We rarely set the table, but when we do we go all out – placemats, flowwers, runner, the works!

  122. Emily V. says:

    Yeah, I’m not much of a fancy table setter, but I do like having a handmade table topper and a vase of flowers there regularly to make the kitchen/dining a happy place.

  123. Sarah says:

    I love setting a pretty table and do it often not just for special occasions. I think that family deserves the candles and flowers every bit as much as guests. Rule of thumb, “treat friends like family and family like friends.”

  124. Kacey P. says:

    I always have either a table cloth or placemats on the table, but that’s about as fancy as it gets. We do also carry cloth napkins (made by me!) in our lunches to work.

  125. Laura Decato says:

    I only set a pretty table for special occasions. A normal meal we use woven placements and paper napkins. There is a decorative bowl full of fruit in the center of the table (it’s a round table) and there is usually a small vase on flowers from the garden. For special occasions we do have more flowers and Themes. The kids love to get involved and help decorate. I have used clothes napkins but never ironed them. We love to decorate and have fun!

  126. Lyanna L. says:

    I set my table really nice only when it is a special occasion – but that’s because my table isn’t very big (we sold our super nice one) and it gets really crowded when you put a tablecloth, placemats, napkins, etc etc on it. But a new table is on my wish list and then I will set it every day! =)

  127. Rebekah says:

    My table usually is only pretty for special occasions. I’m trying to do better & make it pretty more often! With a 4-month old & my table also serving as cutting station & general center of the house, it’s pretty challenging, though.

  128. Jill says:

    Day to day I’m not really a table setter, just a plate and a cloth napkin and I’m good to go, but I like to dress it up for company with embroidered napkins and flowers. And I iron all my napkins when they come out of the wash.

  129. Gabriela says:

    I set a table for holidays, with china, flowers, tablecloths but for everyday gatherings I set an informal table/kitchen counter-scape. I love any excuse to bring out pretty table wear handmade and collected.

  130. Kay says:

    I have a very simple table on most days with fabric placemats and coasters, there is usually a candle on the table too. I have to admit to using paper napkins though!

  131. Taryn says:

    I almost never set the table. 🙁

  132. Tammy says:

    I admit, I don’t set a pretty table all the time. It is something I really need to be better about! But I do use only fabric napkins, and most of the time they’re ironed! 🙂

  133. Sarah L. says:

    Mostly we just set the table for special occasions, but we do have flowers fairly frequently. Sometimes I do iron the napkins….

  134. Steph says:

    I’ve only set a festive table once when I hosted Thanksgiving for my husband’s family. (My family doesn’t notice so I don’t bother for them!) I used a real tablecloth but paper napkins. The most festive part were my table decorations–I put cranberries in glass containers then put glass votives with candles in the middle. I wish I could be more like my sister-in-law. She sets the most beautiful holiday tables–a pretty mix of vintage linens and tablewear and handmade decor. I love spending holidays at her house!

  135. Joy says:

    Pretty tables are reserved for Wednesdays when we invite a rotating group of friends to join us. The rest of the nights it’s quick and casual at the kitchen island.

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