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Have you ever wondered how a tablecloth or cloth napkin is finished on the edge? There are two ways it can be done: Merrowed or Hemmed.

merrow

A merrowed edge finish is the standard finish for all table linens. A merrowed edge finish is done on a surging machine, typically with a matching thread. It can also be done with a contrasting color if preferred for a dramatic look or to match a color theme. The merrowed finish seals the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.

hemmed edge

A hemmed edge finish gives the cloth a more formal look than the merrowed edge finish. A hemmed edge finish is when the seamstress folds over the edges of the fabric and sews the fold down like the hem on pants. It is done only on some of our cloth napkins and tablecloths.

Majestic Antique Rose

Hemmed edge finish is not available for round and oval tablecloths or more delicate fabrics. The hemmed edging on these shapes and fabrics don’t look as clean as a merrowed edge finish.

 

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Decorating for Fall doesn’t have to be costly. There are so many items available at our fingertips that celebrate the Fall season. About a Mom posted a pretty Pumpkin Flower Bouquet that is so easy to make. You can use a few small pumpkins as centerpieces or one large one as decoration. Slice off the top of the pumpkin, scoop out seeds and add fresh Fall flowers. Click on the link for more info:

http://www.aboutamom.com/how-to-make-a-simple-fall-centerpiece/

Pumpkin fall decor

Brighten your kitchen and dining room areas by adding Fall table runners, leaf place mats, and bright autumn color tablecloths and cloth napkins to add beautiful autumn decor to your home.

orange tablecloth

Decorations though are not just for the living and dining room areas. Bring serenity into your bedroom by making this creative wall art out of leaves. Use pressed leaves and tape them to crafting paper. Hang a few rows with removable adhesive strips for high impact above a bed or sofa.

http://www.midwestliving.com/homes/seasonal-decorating/easy-fall-decorating-projects/?page=12

Fall Wall Art

As mentioned in our previous post, pumpkins and apples (and of course colorful leaves!) are bountiful this time of year so we can make good use out of them and enhance our surroundings.

 

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The wonderful weather this time of year is fabulous for picking apples and pumpkins. The sun is still shinning yet there is a beautiful cool breeze on the open field. As the weather gets a bit cooler we start thinking of some delicious comfort food. Apples and Pumpkins make some great treats. Think warm apple cider and pumpkin pie!

natrual woven table runners

Here are some interesting fun facts about apples and pumpkins:

 Apples

  • The first apple trees were planted by Pilgrims in Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • The world’s largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long. (She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.)
  • An apple tree will start bearing fruit 8-10 years after it is planted. A dwarf tree starts bearing in 3-6 years.
  • Apples are not self pollinating. They need bees to pollinate the flowers to form the fruit.
  • Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
  • One apple has 5 grams of fiber, no fat, sodium and cholesterol free. But wait, don’t peel your apple! Two-thirds of the fiber and many of the antioxidants are found in the apple peel.
  • The largest apple picked weighed three pounds.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family of plants along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
  • 25% of an apple’s volume is air; that is why they can float. (Ever dunked for an apple?)
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • Two pounds of apples make one 9 inch pie.
  • Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
  • Apples are the second most valuable fruit in the United States. Oranges are first.
  • The largest U.S. apple crop was 277.3 million bushels in 1998.
  • One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
  • A bushel of apples weighs 42 pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.

Harvest Pumpkin Placemat

Pumpkins

  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
  • Native Americans called pumpkins “isqoutm squash.”
  • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.

For those who don’t go apple and pumpkin picking yet would like to enjoy that warm feeling can experience it with our new Harvest Pumpkin place mats and table runners. These beautiful 14″ x 20″ burlap like place mats will give your table a burst of color with the bright and cheerful pumpkin design. Enhance your festivities and enjoy the Harvest Pumpkin Table Runners as well. Another option is to go with the solid Natural Woven place mats and runners which has the look of natural burlap, but with a wonderful soft feel.

Let’s make sure to enjoy the bountiful fruits, vegetables, gorgeous scenery and all of the blessings that Autumn has to offer.

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As summer is winding down we try to get in as much as we can of what’s left of the summer. There’s bountiful fruit still to pick, beaches to soak up the sun, family trips, and long days we can fill with endless fun.

tavern checks fitted round tablecloth

However our minds tend to wander to all we need to do in the coming days, weeks, and months. School is starting and we want our children to be well equipped. Teachers are covering tables with fitted vinyl tablecloths so the tables don’t get full of markers and glue. It also gives a classroom a fun and cheerful atmosphere for there are an assortment of bright colors that can perk up the room. We found some really clever ideas for teachers to organize their classrooms, it can also be used for parents at home as well.

happy back to school

Schools and Colleges are assessing if their lunchrooms tables need new table cloths for the coming year.

People like to be prepared for the Holidays and are choosing appropriate table linens for Halloween and for Christmas as well. Let us know how you’re spending the remaining summer days and good luck preparing for the days ahead!

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You would love to buy a new tablecloth for you dining room table. You have some idea of how long of a drop you would like the tablecloth to be but don’t know how to go about figuring out the size.

round vinyl tablecloth

Your company would like to order some vinyl tablecloths for their break room. You know what size tables they have but don’t know what size table cloths to order.

You’re ordering table cloths for an upcoming party. You have assorted size tables and would like to play around with the lengths to see which size would work best for you event.

measurement for rectangle or oval

Worry no more-we now have a tool that will help determine the correct size-our new tablecloth calculator! Simply enter in the length and width of your table for rectangle and oval or the diameter of your round table and how much of a drop you would like and you’ve got your answer!

measurement for round table

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As July Fourth approaches we like to come up with some new ideas of how to celebrate the freedom we have here in America in style. Since the day is all about freedom we would like to give you some quick, cute and easy ideas so as not to work too hard on a celebratory day!

gingham red and white tablecloth

Traditionally we celebrate with Red, White, and Blue the colors of our Flag and the colors that symbolize our Freedom. Start with spreading out a Gingham Cloth Checkered Tablecloth that’s either red and white or blue and white. For a nice contrast, put blue color tableware and cloth napkins on your red and white tablecloth or red plates, red silverware and red cloth napkins on your blue gingham tablecloth.

Red White and Blue Candle Centerpiece

Decorate your table with DIY Candle Holders. Layer a glass jar with red, white, and blue rice (divide rice in three and then color some rice red and some blue with food coloring) and then insert a candle in the middle. For less of a hassle, layer your jar with kidney beans, (red) baby lima beans or navy beans (white) and black beans (for the blue) and insert a candle.

 

There are many patriotic desserts out there but what about dinner? Try a  layered taco salad layered with tomato, cheese and black beans. You can also try layering a pasta dish with pasta and tomatoes or pasta sauce as the stripes.

fourth of july dinner

 

Have any other dinner ideas? We’d love to hear from you on how you make your Fourth of July a really special one.

 

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Father’s Day originated in 1909 when a woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart, had raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at a church near her family’s home in eastern Washington State, Mrs. Dodd thought about the sacrifices her father had made for his children and the fine job he had done in raising them.

Because her father had been born in June, she decided to encourage the churches in her area to honor fathers in June. Through her efforts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, in June 1910.

Fathers Day Trophy

Although Congress passed several resolutions over the years in support of Father’s Day, it did not become an official U.S. holiday until 1972, when then-President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in the United States.

There are all kinds of cute ideas to honor Dad on Father’s Day. There is a cute trophy that can be made from Styrofoam cups. A decoration with lots of little rocks spelling out “DAD ROCKS” by Crafts by Amanda is really cute too. Any card homemade or bought lets us tell Dad that we think of them and they mean a lot to us.

There is nothing like serving Dad a special lunch or dinner by spreading out a nice table cloth, setting up the table in his honor, and serving dad something he really loves.

vinyl round tablecloth

DAD can reciprocate by being the best DAD. What children love is time and undivided attention. Special time spent bike riding or hiking together can be remembered for years to come. Think of something you both enjoy and make it a great day together.

 

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It’s spring and the beautiful weather lets us enjoy Mother Nature at its best. We dust off our patio tables, clean up the brush, look forward to firing up the grill and host some outdoor parties.

zipper on table cloth

Many tables have an umbrella to shield us from the rain and sun. The round tablecloths we offer have an option to cut out an umbrella hole to accommodate the umbrella. If someone wants to keep the tablecloth on the table the entire time and lift the umbrella just once to slide the tablecloth on, then just an umbrella hole will do.

There are those that  have many style table cloths and like to interchange them, others like to bring the table cloths indoors when finished dining, while others do not want (or cannot) lifting the heavy umbrella pole each time they take off the tablecloth. If you are one of those, than the zipper option is right for you.

heavy duty zipper

When a zipper is added it is not necessary to lift the umbrella every time you put a tablecloth on. The heavy duty zipper is sewn straight down the middle which makes it durable and easy to lay on the table. It’s great for both residential and commercial use. Easy on, easy off! So for the sake of making our lives a drop simpler the zipper option is really a great idea!

zipper on table cloth (2)

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Mothers Day is approaching and you would like to give something special to Mother to show her how much she means to you. Before looking around and finding something that suits you, here are some fun facts in honor of this special day:

Mother’s Day originated in the United States in the early 1900s. Although there are older traditions that celebrate similar holidays, they are not considered to be the origins of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is meant to honor mothers and their influence in society, maternal bonds and motherhood itself. In the United States and Canada it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, but in other parts of the world it is sometimes celebrated in March, as well as in other months.

The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. Anna Jarvis honored her mother Ann Jarvis with a memorial. Ann Jarvis had started a committee in 1868 to establish ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’. Her motivation had been to reunite families after the Civil War. She died in 1905, before Mother’s Day became a holiday.

In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked both ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘the second Sunday in May’. She also created Mother’s Day International Association

At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother’s group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother’s day tradition.

Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers.

flower on cloth napkin

Did you know???

Of all the flowers bought for holidays, one quarter are purchased for Mother’s Day.

Carnations are a popular symbol of Mother’s Day. The tradition is to honor mothers who are living with colored flowers, and those who are deceased with white ones. Most of the flowers given for Mother’s Day come from California

The amount of money spent on Mother’s Day in the U.S. is approximately $14 billion.

Common gifts on Mother’s Day include: flowers, dinner or lunch in a restaurant, jewelry, gift cards, clothing and treats such as a trip to a spa. Books, CDs, housewares and gardening tools are popular gifts as well.

Approximately 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States

In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. In order to be freed she had to pay them with treats.

In most countries and languages, the word for mother begins with ‘M’

The world’s most prolific mother was a Russian lady, Mrs. Vassilyev, who had 69 children in 27 pregnancies. She had no single births, but multiple sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets. And it seems 67 of those kids survived past infancy.

 

 

 

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The weather now is thankfully warmer and we hope that the nice weather sticks around for a while. What a great way to enjoy the outdoors by hosting a great backyard party or picnic or enjoying a neighborhood potluck.

Spring is here and we would love to show you some refreshing new ideas for spring.  Our polka dot tablecloth is the modern version of the lace tablecloth. Also available as a table topper and table runner, this sheer tablecloth with white polka dot designs adds freshness and spunk to your surroundings.

polka dot white tablecloth

Its all about bold color when it comes to the Nantucket line. The reversible place mat has two great designs so you can choose whatever design you are in the mood for that day! Pretty Damask design on a bright blue background on one side and colorful Chevron design on the other. Matching Chevron cloth napkins will complement the decor as well.

Nantucket Reversible Place mat

 

Our most popular Galaxy Vinyl Tablecloths now come in baby blue, pink, lavender, lilac sea foam and banana. These are great colors for baby showers, spring parties, get togethers and events.  Spring Galaxy Colors

So whether you like to entertain, have an upcoming event or like to redecorate your home, enjoy the warm weather and the warm feeling it brings to you.

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