The table setting is an essential part of any event décor. While planning the color scheme, we pay utmost attention to the more obvious elements like decorative lights, layering options like drapes but the venue has something that often goes unheard/usually ignored—Event Tables. Functional? Yes, but they don’t need to be boring. Utilitarian? Obviously, to ensure a proper table setting but there is room to do something special. Is there a simple answer? YES! Embellishments like tablecloths, table covers, and table runners help in creating a more inviting look. The overall table setting seems better educated, more dignified with these table décor elements. But you need to choose carefully. The difference between elegant table linens and something that makes the entire dining spread look over-dressed and pretentious is rather small. For creating colored contrasts or color continuity across the venue, table runners get the job done…every time.
In this discussion, we tell you how to make tables more dramatic by using Table Skirts…
1. YES! Real Tables Wear Skirts!
Table skirts are great embellishments that can be used without a bias. There are no rules in this domain. You can use them elaborately or in a more restrained manner. Use bigger skirts or the skimpiest ones, depending upon how much and what all of the event table you want to layer, conceal or beautify. From formal events like corporate lunches to business events like tradeshows and celebrations for all reasons, table skirting easily transform the looks of countertops and tabletops, making the ordinary look elite. A perfect example of this is vibrantly colored wedding table skirts with different pleat types. The options here mimic the richness of possibilities in a fashion-conscious wardrobe collection—you get to choose from table skirts styles like Bow Tie, Box, Continuous, and Shirred!
Table skirts do the ugly job of hiding aging legs of a table—an industry fact most event managers managing Food & Beverage tables don’t share easily!
2. Must-have Table Etiquette – Contrasting Tablecloths
Tablecloths are counted among the simplest-yet-attractive ways to boost aesthetic appearance of a table setting. Tablecloths and skirts need to be used together but carefully. Too much of either means too many elements competing for attention—this could be claustrophobic. Conversely, table covers that are too demure or blend into the background don’t help the cause. What do you need? Tablecloths in highly contrasted shades that standout and make the tables look tastefully decorated. For a sober shade of table skirts, the underlying tablecloth should be high on bling, perhaps with some shimmer. Spandex tablecloths in particular are rather good when it comes to the fabric carrying a bit of natural shine that doesn’t go away even with regular use.
Wedding decoration experts talk about contrasting plain tablecloths with skirts in bright colors, even those with drawings or long-running artsy forms to make a statement – even for Head Tables!
3. Sashes & Covers Help Push Chairs into the Spotlight
Many event planners talk about not matching the chairs with the table. Other talk about using color-coordinated chairs wearing the same type of fabrics and textures. The house is divided for sure but most agree that longer table skirting in designs that complement the chair sashes and covers are a winner. There are many ways to team-up the table elements here. For instance, the skirting & chair sashes should be in the same pastel color, whereas the chair covers & table covers can be teamed in the same, color-blocking shade. This adds to the visual engagement of a table spread, making it very noticeable. Some might look good enough for being backdrops for selfies!
Not all table skirts are created equal. Some are rather long and the overhang might be clearly touching the floor—vertical positioning of the table skirting is important!
4. Don’t Ditch Classical Favorites like Florals
Some event decorators recommend using table skirting that have subtle floral prints. However, there are other ways of using floral designs. Centerpieces featuring flowers are the easiest way to add charisma to wedding tables. You can decorate event tables by placing small bowls filled with gorgeous roses. You can further add details by scattering flowers on the table or incorporating bunch of fake rose buds along the table skirting. You can boost the flora aura with small baskets that are filled with wrapped chocolates or baked delights. Similarly, using table centerpieces that match the floral print of the table skirting is a smart way to decorate without spending big.
Table skirts can be groomed to look an inherent part of the table’s presentation—especially rectangle shaped tables. Accessorize Rectangular Tables with candleholders & decorative baskets in colors matching the skirting
Create More Elegance with Reflective Mirrors
Mirrored centerpieces create beautiful impressions. By using glass centerpieces along with tabletop lights, you can create a wonderful table landscape. The shimmer of the glasses adds charismatic brilliance to the occasion. For table skirts in solid bold colors, reflective bits help to cut-out the intensity of colors, making the ambiance more relaxed, making the dining area look more spacious, more welcoming.
Knife pleated skirts are somewhat narrow and have better creases as opposed to gathered skirts that are stylishly messy. Pleated skirts have more precise lines for enhanced visual symmetry
- Get Fabric Smart – Textures Matter…a LOT!
The smart event organizer can quickly point at table skirts that are not delivering the impact. Why? The mismatch often happens in the fabric. Skirting that is slightly heavier and more likely to hold its shape but does not give a fitted look, is usually made from classic choices like silk and velvet. However, for event tables to look more organized, the fitted-stretched look is recommended. This means choosing skirts in fabric blends of polyester. Spandex table linen has emerged as a favorite here, creating a stretched fitting that makes tables look sharper. Satin skirts might have slightly more caring demands but they do have some inherent glamor. For fluffy skirts, try tulle that is easy to spot and is synonymous with luxurious table linen choices.
Some hotel industry insiders talk about using a small length of ribbons or lace fabric to add more opulence to a skirting. Hem of the skirt can be banded in bright, solid colored fabrics
Pleated with Fringe Benefits
We recommend letting go of shirred table skirts and investing in the pleated variety. The latter is more captivating. There are some decisions to make within the pleated category. Box pleats are great for more formally-themed events—they present a cleaner look with a more ironed [pressed] appearance that suits officially-planned, business-oriented, or ceremonial events a lot more. The appearance is tailored, highly recommended when the emphasis is on adding an attention-grabbing element over just looking good. If you want more volume in the pleats, opt for French box pleats that are more apt for casual and partying-oriented events like weddings and reception parties.
Fringe table skirting is trending big with new textures are being explored. Think raffia, tissue and metallic fringes
The Stretched, Fitted Looks Dispels All Apprehensions
From banquet & catering tables to slim seminar tables and wedding party tables, nearly all can be fitted with a skirting. However, stretch-fitted skirts look the best. There is something about the sleekness that is synonymous with spandex pleated table skirts that make the tables look better groomed. To create this look, try using snap clips that are used along the edges and remain well concealed. You can also use skirt loop clips and hooks that help to keep table linens fixed in their desired profile no matter how many times they are pulled at or tagged.
Want to try not-so-typical table skirting to make a statement?
Try Bar Skirting or Stage Skirting
Why buy event hosting supplies like Table Skirts from RazaTrade?
RazaTrade is uniquely positioned in the wholesale marketplace for table linens, party supplies and decorations for weddings. With an established network of globally located dealers, distributors, private label sellers, and retailers, RazaTrade provides more size, color, fabric, and pricing options across its entire inventory. Procurement managers or hotel property decision-makers get the leverage of ordering tablecloths, wedding linens, and other party decoration items at any time of the year, assured that they are getting the best deals with quick order processing. Ask for special rates on bulk-ordered Cake Table Skirts, Skirting for Sweetheart Tables or Special Occasion Table Skirts.