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Celebrating Christmas around the World

People from all over the world have their own customs and traditions, and as we increasingly live in a socially mobile world we begin to share festivities between ourselves and pick up new customs from others. In fact, people around the world from a variety of religions – not just Christians – come together to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.

Unlike in the USA and the UK,  Christmas celebrations in Poland tend not to start until on Christmas Eve (after the first star has been spotted) but they then go on to celebrate longer, generally until February 2nd. As Poland is primarily a Catholic country they tend to abstain from frivolity such as singing and dancing during Advent in the lead up to Christmas. Instead they like to party in the weeks afterwards. They make an exception for St Nicholas Day on December 6th when the children receive presents.

Holly Glow Tablecloth

The decoration of house and table is taken very seriously in Poland. Traditionally the table is spread with straw to represent the manger. This is then followed by a snow white tablecloth that represents Mary’s veil and Jesus’ swaddling cloth. You can recreate Poland’s traditions yourself by laying fresh spruce on a plate of your finest china, and placing the plate on a white tablecloth or white cloth napkin. The Snowman  Family a white tablecloth and is particularly cute and ideal for a family get together. Holly Glow Tablecloth is a sophisticated way to dress up the table. The table should then be decorated using lights, candles, flowers, apples, nuts, candies or home blown glass or crystal so that everything sparkles and shines.

Similar traditions exist throughout Eastern Europe. Color and warmth and good food and drink are what are required for a spectacular feast. The combination of food varies quite dramatically however. The Czech people eat fried carp and potato salad, and bake a splendid array of Christmas biscuits. Their houses must smell heavenly!

Christmas Cookies

There is nothing to prevent you from offering your own feast on a richly seasonal tablecloth to match the flavor of the foods you’re serving. For example, if you were partaking in a Caribbean feast where they serve Sorrel punch, you might not want a white tablecloth at all. Sorrel punch is made from hibiscus flowers mixed with cloves and cinnamon and is steeped overnight in water, resulting in a bright red liquid that is delicious served with rum. But not something you want to spill on your best tablecloth!

Solid Color Elegant table cloths may prove useful as an under cloth for your Christmas table display. Choose something in Holiday colors such as red or burgundy. Christmas tablecloths don’t have to be white after all. Alternatively place a Christmas table topper on top of the table cloth fro a dazzling effect. Try Christmas Glisten table runners to dress up the table.

Glisten Christmas Table Runners

A glamorous under tablecloth and Christmas topper combination is perfect for anyone celebrating with a huge feast, the likes of which you can experience in France, Italy and Finland. In France Christmas is celebrated with a long dinner known as a réveillon (from réveil meaning waking because you have to stay awake a long time!). The French serve umpteen dishes including goose, turkey, foie gras, oysters, smoked salmon, duck and lobster. In some parts of France, 13 desserts are also served to represent Jesus and his disciples.

In Finland, celebrants are offered a Christmas food board that will include Christmas ham served with fresh bread and mustard, fish (usually gravlax), casseroles, potatoes and vegetables. In Italy, traditional Christmas fare will include the offer of seven fish dishes. The dishes vary according to what is available and personal preference but can include eels, clams, salt cod and of course calamari.

Whether you will be incorporating some new Holiday recipes this Christmas, or keeping with your traditional ones, a Christmas tablecloth will delight you and fulfill your needs. Remember that Christmas traditions are always evolving and so a Christmas feast should relate only to you and your loved ones. Serve up your favorite foods and the finest drink you can afford and enjoy your holiday.

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When you sit down for your Christmas day lunch, do you congratulate yourself on how well you have retained the Christmas traditions handed down by your forefathers and mothers? Do you always go for the turkey or beef because that is what your family has always done? Well, if you do, you may be surprised to learn that Christmas dishes have been, and probably always will be changing.

Snowman Rectangle Tablecloth

All over the world, groups of family and friends sit down together, just as you will this year, to celebrate Christmas. The best Christmas tablecloth is ceremoniously removed from the cupboard, freshly pressed and then a feast fit for emperors is laid out on the table.

If you are looking for inspiration to make your Christmas extra special this year there are so many different styles of Christmas tablecloths, Christmas napkins, table runners and table toppers to choose from. For a traditional look, the Biltmore table cloth come in many rich colors and you can top it with a pretty white Glisten table topper or Holly Glow. For something a little more family oriented, the Snowman Tablecloth has an adorable snowman family design that will bring cheer to all who see it. The decor on the table not only brightens the room and brings holiday cheer, it also makes the food (which we worked hard to prepare) that much more appetizing and appealing.

Certain menus are rolled out year in and year out, and for as long as you may remember you have tucked into turkey and all the trimmings – but turkey is actually not traditional in a historical sense because what we consume for Christmas dinner has changed over the centuries.

Turkey has been a Christmas staple for many years, research however suggests that it first started to gain popularity in the United Kingdom in 1527, and even then it would only have been one dish among many at an enormous feast. For the wealthy, peacock and swan roasts were a particular preference for the main meat dish and the feast would last for days.

Holidaze

Celebrating Christmas over just one or two days is in fact a fairly new-fangled idea. During Medieval times in Europe, the well-off held a twelve day feast to celebrate Christmas, the most popular dish of which was a Christmas Pie where three birds were deboned and roasted inside each other. This dish is now making a comeback to the Christmas table. That was all well and good for the wealthy of course; poor people had to make do with bread and ale.

Mine pies containing meat and suet were introduced to Christmas in the fourteenth century and at this time a boar’s head was also a very popular meat feast dish, as was gingerbread made from breadcrumbs rather than flour. By the sixteenth century, there was a more widespread use of sugar, marzipan and molded foods such as jelly and blancmanges. In the 1570s there is mention of plum porridge (also known as pottage) which went on to develop into the Christmas pudding we know and love today.

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Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, game birds and geese were popular for the Christmas table, but by the nineteenth and early twentieth century turkey was finally becoming more popular as the Christmas dish of choice. This was thanks in no small part to the writer Charles Dickens, who had toured the USA to give readings of his books, popularizing the dish in A Christmas Carol. Remember this delightful scene?

‘It’s Christmas Day!’ said Scrooge to himself. ‘I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo, my fine fellow!’

‘Hallo!’ returned the boy.

‘Do you know the Poulterer’s, in the next street but one, at the corner?’ Scrooge inquired.

‘I should hope I did,’ replied the lad.

‘An intelligent boy!’ said Scrooge. ‘A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they’ve sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there? — Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?’

‘What, the one as big as me?’ returned the boy.

‘What a delightful boy!’ said Scrooge. ‘It’s a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck!’ ‘It’s hanging there now,’ replied the boy. ‘Is it?’ said Scrooge. ‘Go and buy it.’

So it was down to the Victorians that Christmas tradition was standardized in the way that we now recognize it. We can also thank the Victorians for Christmas cards, mince pies made with fruit, trees and Christmas carols. The Victorians reused old words but created new tunes and the first noteworthy collection of carols was published in 1833 for everyone to appreciate.

Make your Christmas table is a memorable one whatever Holiday food you choose to prepare. Happy Christmas from us all!

 

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For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. Others credit Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J.

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The first Labor Day parade occurred Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea spread across the country, and some states designated Labor Day as a holiday before the federal holiday was created.

Now that we know the history, why not celebrate? Making a party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some cute ideas to celebrate the day in addition to the July 4th Ideas that can be enjoyed on Labor Day as well (see below post)

labor day crafts

Getting together with family and friends? Lets barbecue! I love the corn on the cob party favor with the slab of butter-it’s too cute! Here is the link so you can make it yourself.

http://www2.fiskars.com/Crafting/Projects/Entertaining-Parties/Decorations/Labor-Day-BBQ#.UiCbxjYtqTU

Red White and Blue

Here is another neat idea-Take a red and white dishtowel and some pretty blue hydrangeas, arrange and wow-the results are amazing! Enjoy and Best wishes for a Great Labor Day weekend.

 

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July 4th is a day to celebrate our freedom with family and friends. Here are some great July Fourth ideas for you to enjoy.

Decorate your table with the classic red white and blue. Spread out a red or white tablecloth and then add accents to your taste. Add something blue such as a blue napkin, place mats or a table runner.  Place red white and blue ribbons to the flower vase, or tie a ribbon around your cloth napkins as a napkin ring.

ribbon decorations

 

After you have finished your dinner its time to bring out the desserts. These July Fourth Flag cake pops looks irresistible. You can also create this flag by scooping out sorbet or ice cream scoops for a refreshing dessert. Here is the link for the recipe:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/all-holidays/4th-of-july/cake-ball-flag-cake

 

July Fourth cake pops

 

Cupcakes have been quite the rage for the last few years, and now Push-Up Cakes are taking the cupcake world by storm. These are a huge hit with any crowd and are deceptively easy to make. Here is the link for recipe:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/all-holidays/4th-of-july/fireworks-push-up-cakes

 

July Fourth push up cakes

You can always add something healthy to your cupcake dessert by adding some fresh fruit  that are plentiful this time of year. A fresh fruit platter with strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and blueberries make a healthy presentation and refreshing after a big meal.

July 4th cupcakes

 

 

 

 

Last but now least have a game or an activity prepared for the children (or adults!) to do. It can be something simple as bringing some crayons along for them to create a picture or this cool twist on the classic hopscotch game. It makes a get together much more memorable and a great ice breaker when an activity is done together as a family.  Wishing you all a happy July 4th and a great weekend.

hopscotch

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Tables come in all different styles. If you have a wooden table, a tiled table or an aluminum table with an intricate design you don’t necessarily want to hide its beauty under a tablecloth all the time.  Our clear plastic tablecloth is a heavy 6.0 gauge and will protect your tables from getting ruined by stains and scratches. The table protectors are excellent for outdoor patio tables since it is waterproof and easy to maintain.

patio table

Many like to add to the décor by putting on an elegant tablecloth on their table. If there are children at the table or a large party were spills tend to happen you may want to think twice before spreading out fine table linens. People want to preserve their cloth and lace tablecloths from getting ruined and from having to wash it frequently. Our clear vinyl tablecloth is the perfect solution to protect your tablecloth and save you time and money along the way. Simply wipe down and continue to enjoy your company.

outdoor table

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Father’s Day is approaching and here are some great ways to honor him on that special day:

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That being said, plan a nice dinner in honor of Fathers Day. Add something nice to your table linens such as a gingham cloth tablecloth and matching cloth napkins, or a bandana style tablecloth, napkins or placemats.

cloth napkins

Add some new handkerchiefs to his collection-choose from gingham, bandana, golf, new camo and many other styles that he will love.

Black Gingham Handkerchief

Give him a nice meaningful card he’ll treasure.

 

Best of all read him some Father’s Day quotes and reaffirm how special he is to you and your family:

Fathers Day Quotes:

I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.-Gordon Brown

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.-Jim Valvano

Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.-Al Unser

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.-Sidney Poitier

Being a father helps me be more responsible… you see more things than you’ve ever seen.-Kid Rock

I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son, father and friend.-Dante Hall

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.-Anne Sexton

Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.-Olive Schreiner

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.-George Herbert

To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.-Wendell Phillips

-Let us know if you have other good ideas and how you will celebrate Fathers Day!

 

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Summer is here and that means something different to everyone. For some, it means spending their free time soaking up the sun at the beach or at the pool. Others would rather stay indoors and enjoy an air conditioned room. Many, due to the economy are not traveling far and instead bringing summer fun to their home and backyards. Whether you enjoy a peaceful quiet dinner or love to throw a summer party, here are some of our favorite summer tablecloth picks for an indoor or outdoor table.

summer at the beach

Lava-the two tone design come in seven fabulous colors. Available in rectangle, square, and round tablecloths as well as cloth napkins and placemats. I especially love the “Wet” color since it reminds me of the ocean waves. Another great color is “Cherry” since it is a great fruit which comes to mind during this season. “Kiwi” reminds me of the vast blades of grass that surround us during this time of year.

lava tablecloths

Wedgewood Blue-is a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth with a Moiré design. Its beautiful blue color is great tablecloth for a poolside party or for a home near a beachfront.

Printed Vinyl -are great for your pool parties or outdoor patios since they are durable and easy to clean. Enjoy Manchester Rose with pretty pink roses and buds, Elegant Fern, Savoy Garden and Wild Berries which reminds me of a summer’s day picking berries in the field.  Available in placemats, fitted tablecloths, and oblong, round and oval tablecloths.

vinyl tablecloth

Cloth Napkins-even something as small as a napkin can bring a table to life. Choose a bold and bright color or a pale pastel and match it to some freshly picked flowers or any other serving dish or accessory.

Galaxy Vinyl Tablecloth-is a favorite since there are so many color options to choose from. With a strong 6.0 gauge it is a great option for the outdoors.

Galaxy vinyl tablecloths

 

Picnic Tablecloths and Napkins-What says summer more than picnics and barbecues? Choose from burgundy and white, blue and white, green and white, yellow and white and the classical red and white in vinyl or cloth.

checked cloth napkins

checkered tablecloths

Let us know what your favorite way to spend your summer day is and what your favorite summer colors are!

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There are so many things to do while planning a wedding. There’s deciding on the style of the wedding dress, the flowers, the wedding décor, and the table linens for the wedding. Depending where you are from, there are many different customs carried out during the wedding ceremony. Here are the most common ones and some interesting reasons behind what we do in honor of this special day:

Wedding Stamp

June Weddings:

In the United States, June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August. Some say the reason for this is that the Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.

The Wedding Dress:

Queen Victoria made white the bridal color of choice when she wore it to wed Prince Albert in 1840.However, because white is the color of mourning in Eastern cultures, white wedding dresses are uncommon.

The Flowers:

Early Roman brides carried a bunch of herbs, such as garlic and rosemary, under their veils to symbolize fidelity and fertility and to ward off evil. These herbs served as a precursor to the modern bridal bouquet.

Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.

Guests in ancient times would tear off part of the bride’s gown as tokens of good luck, leading to the tradition of the bride throwing both her garter and her bouquet

Wedding rings are often placed on the third finger of the left hand because ancient Egyptians believed the vein in that hand (which the Romans called the “vein of love”) ran directly to the heart.

Throwing rice at weddings symbolizes fertility, prosperity, and bounty. In some countries, the bride might even carry or wear sheaves of grain. However, many modern churches and wedding locations discourage rice throwing because rice can be fatal for birds that eat it.

Wedding bells are an important symbol of a wedding. Traditionally, it was believed that demons were scared off by loud sounds, so following a wedding ceremony, anything that could make noise was used to create a diversion

Other Fun Facts:

wedding cake

The cake:

Queen Victoria’s wedding cake was three yards wide and weighed 300 pounds.

Queen Elizabeth II had 12 wedding cakes. The one she cut at her wedding was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds.

In the United States, there is no law or religious dictate that says the bride must take the groom’s last name. However, approximately 70% of Americans agree that a bride should change her last name.

Nearly $72 billion is spent on weddings every year in the United States.

wedding cookies

Here is a list of some actual crazy marriage laws in some States in the US:

MISSISSIPPI: A marriage license will not be issued if the applicants appear to be drunk, insane or imbeciles

If you’re planning to get a marriage license in Mississippi, don’t start celebrating too early. If the circuit court clerk issuing the license believes you and/or your significant other is drunk, insane or an “imbecile,” he or she will not grant you a license.

NEW ORLEANS: Mystics, fortune tellers and palm readers may not perform marriage ceremonies

Tough luck for anyone hoping to have their favorite fortune teller officiate their wedding. In New Orleans, this is illegal.

MONTANA: The bride and groom do not have to be present during the wedding

Intended for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, “double proxy” marriages allow a couple to be married using “proxies.” That is, the bride and groom can each authorize someone to stand in for them during the ceremony. A judge leads the two “proxies” in the marriage vows, and after the proxies sign the requisite paperwork, the “original” bride and groom are legally married. While other states allow “single proxy” marriages, Montana is the only to allow both the bride and the groom to be absent during the ceremony.

DELAWARE: Annulment permitted if one or both parties entered into the marriage as a jest or dare

Next time you play “truth or dare,” be careful not to dare anyone to get married. If you live in Delaware, that’s grounds for an annulment. Makes you wonder how many couples dared each other to get married before this law was added to the books.

 

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Wedding season is in full swing and we would like to share with you some of our of pretty wedding table linens from our collection for your upcoming event. We carry many tablecloth sizes and have an array of colors to choose from to match your color theme. Custom sizes are available. Please contact us for more information.

Eternity Stripe- 100% polyester sheer with a shantung solid stripe in 15 colors. Full body iridescent striped sheer is great for overlays and floor length. 54″wide in square, round, oblong and napkins.

Eternity Stripe Wedding Decor

Capri Sheer-100% polyester embroidered organza, in seven bright colors 90″ wide seamless overlay in square, round, napkins, oblong and runners.

Capri Sheer Double Mint

Majestic– 100% Polyester Fabric two tone damask in seven colors is 54″ wide in square, round, oblong, napkins and runners.

Majestic Wedding Tablecloths

Elegant Solid Colors- 100% polyester in 31 elegant colors. Choose from Round, Square, Oblong table linens and matching napkins.

pink wedding tablecloths

 

 

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Recently we had many customers inquiring about our fitted vinyl tablecloths. They wanted to know what size tablecloth will fit their table size. Generally speaking, if a round table measures 60 inches in diameter then a 60 inch round tablecloth (fitted) is needed. If the table thickness is thicker than a typical standard table than a few extra inches is needed. Here at your tablecloth.com we can custom make any size that is needed. If you don’t see the tablecloth size you are looking for, please contact us and we’ll be happy to customize that size for you.galaxy fitted vinyl tablecloth

 

The fitted tablecloths are flannel backed which protect your table from scratches. They also have an elasticized band which holds it firmly in place. The tablecloths we carry are 3mil and 6mil thick. The most popular fitted tablecloth we carry is the Galaxy which is a 6 mil gauge and comes in an abundance of solid colors to choose from. Another very popular item is the Tavern Checks and Elegant Fern which is 3 mil thick and is great for restaurants and picnic tables. Depending if the tablecloths are being used for indoors, or for picnic table covers, patio table covers, restaurant or commercial venue, this will help you determine what size thickness is the right one for you.

A great gift for Mothers Day or for any other occasion is a gift certificate. It’s a wonderful way to show all the mothers you love how much you care about them and they’ll love you for letting them order something they like according to their taste.

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