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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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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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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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Easter is a spring festival widely celebrated across the world. If you are planning a holiday party or dinner you’d like to amaze your guests by dressing your table with particular care to best reflect the coming of the bountiful season and the young spring growth.

Fruits, flowers, eggs and young animals are the general themes of the season, and Easter is best suited to pastel colors, but of course it’s entirely up to you what to choose. You may like to mix your ideas up or just go for something neat and elegant. If you’re inviting children, their needs need to be taken into consideration as you plan your themed dinner.

Victorian Rose Rectangle Tablecloth

Starting from the bottom up, choose your tablecloth with care. You can choose an elegant white or cream lace tablecloth. To have a stand out Easter decor why not use a fabulous Elegant Solid Color tablecloth available in square, rectangle and round, and in 31 different colors and a variety of sizes. Neon colored tablecloths such as pink; neon green and neon yellow are great seasonal colored tablecloths for your dinner. On top of that vibrant base however, keep a clean, fresh look by toning down the color. Consider covering the cloth with a table topper such as Rose Table Topper or beautiful Heirloom Table Topper. Alternatively make use of a table runner such as our Rose, Heirloom or Elizabeth table runners and complement them with matching placemats.

Heirloom Table Runner

A different approach would be to choose a flowered or gingham print tablecloth, especially if you’re trying for an Easter picnic theme. If that’s the case, don’t overload on the accessories as not to create a busy scene and take away from your setting.

In terms of decoration for your table, the world is your Easter egg really! Try to avoid covering the table in chocolate Easter eggs if you’re expecting your guests to eat a proper lunch or dinner. Choose non-edible decorations. If you do have children coming along, buy some balloons that match your theme colors and tie them to the back of their chairs.

Eggs are a great decoration. If you’re artistic or crafty you can blow your own eggs and then decorate them. A marbled egg in an egg cup with a name on it makes an effective place setting for example. Alternatively you can buy wooden eggs from craft shops which you can paint in bright colors and then add dots, stripes etc. and use to decorate a basket or a glass bowl or vase.

Use Elegant Cloth Napkins if you’re using the Solid Color Elegant Tablecloth to match and buy a set of wooden napkin rings, or make your own (see our post below!) and cover them with fabric, or paint them, or tie a silk daffodil, fluffy chick or bunny to them, and lay them gracefully at each place setting. Similarly you can leave favors at each setting too.

easter flowers

Your Easter centerpiece can be truly magnificent. Flowers are obvious but can be expensive, so if you want to do something a little different, try decorating a large glass bowl or vase with eggs or jelly beans. Alternatively decorate a basket with a mix of flowers such as tulips and daffodils, ribbon and plenty of foliage. You’ll be surprised at the greenery you can utilize from your garden to create an interesting and unusual bouquet, and of course daffodils and tulips are ubiquitous at this time of year and therefore cheaper than buying a readymade bouquet. Just one word of warning though, daffodil sap is poisonous and should not come into contact with food.

So that’s a few ideas from us here at Yourtablecloth.com. If you have any thoughts or ideas, why don’t you let us know and we’ll include them on the blog. Send us your photos too. We’d love to see your table decorations and we’ll share them with everyone.

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It is wonderful to see how a talented person can take a simple piece of canvas and paint and create a masterpiece; a musical instrument or a piano is used to burst forth a melodious song. At a wedding or party, a simple cloth napkin can be transformed into a beautiful design and enhance the table setting and the atmosphere of the event.

There are many uses for a cloth napkin. The most obvious and practical reason to use a cloth napkin is to keep yourself tidy and your clothing clean. Many years ago it was used to wipe the sweat off ones brow on a hot summer’s day. It can also be used as a beautiful decoration for a wedding or event. It is not always practical to put food out on each plate at a wedding or party. Salads may wilt and get soggy and appetizers may not keep to the correct serving temperature or simply get spoiled if it’s out for too long. That is not the case at a restaurant, since each person plans on ordering a different item. Instead of leaving an empty plate or drinking glass on the table, the table is dressed up with a pretty cloth napkin to create an elegant table setting.

napkin with tulip

Some napkins are nice enough to be displayed on their own since today; napkins come in many different colors and printed styles. Napkins are usually matching a party or wedding tablecloth at an event.  When they are folded into different shapes the napkins make a real statement.  It’s great to put a stylish folded napkin on the table instead of filling the plate or drinking glass with food or drink.

assorted napkin designs

There are many ways for a napkins to be folded are here are just some of them. They can be folded into a pocket so silverware or invitations can be put in it. Flowers can be inserted in the pocket as well. Depending on your event, tuxedos, roses, pyramids, or fleur de lis styles can dress up the occasion. For the upcoming holiday of Easter a napkin can be folded into a bunny or rolled up as a carrot with the silverware sticking out of it as the leaves.

carrot napkin (1)

There are many how to books and videos and the possibilities are endless. Have fun playing around with the designs and create one that’s right for you and your occasion. We’d love to see your pictures and creative ideas of how your table gets dressed for an occasion.

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