As promised last week, here you have my response to Mrs. C's etiquette challenge question on table coverings.
Do chime in!
Dear. Mrs C.,
The rule of thumb, traditionally, is that round tables take round cloths. The length of said table cloth depends on the event or regular purpose of the table:
- informal use: 10" drop from table edge to hem
- formal use: 15" drop from table edge to hem
However, I have a 48" round in the kitchen and the thing makes me perfectly mad. I cannot stand cleaning around the two year old's chair when the 70 is on the table - far too long for a family and I do not like the look of a short cloth because the legs are not pretty.
I use my Grandmother's beautiful square when the protocol is not important. When it is, I found a beautiful fabric at a local fabric store that was 60" width and cut and hemmed my own round out of it: Really easy and some solids will run to 72" widths - under both of these is a vinyl liner for the art projects and to act as a silencer for the glass noise during meals...
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