Some people DIY their parties to add a personal touch and some people do it to save money. Some people (*raises hand*) do it because their type A-selves like to be in control. LOL Whatever your reasoning, saving money is always a good thing, right? The best way to save money when party planning is to be creative with dollar store items. Today, we’re talking about party hacks with plastic table cloths.
I have been known to use tablecloths from the dollar tree for everything but a tablecloth! It’s true, they are super-duper thin—pretty much see-thru—and not very strong. So, if you really do want to cover up a table that’s been knocked around a few too many times, maybe splurge on a nicer tablecloth from the party store to use on the actual table. Or, you can double up on the dollar store tablecloths. Here are three ways you can use a dollar store plastic tablecloth to get the most bang for your buck!
Cover the table as you normally would with a tablecloth in your main party color. Then, choose a tablecloth in your coordinating color and use it as a table runner down the middle of the table. Or, fan it out and tie ribbon around the middle to give it a more feminine “bow” like look.
If you can find an old piece of tall plywood, you can make an awesome photo booth backdrop! Choose several tablecloths in your party colors. Unfold them, then fold them accordion style at the top. Use a staple gun to attach them to the top of the plywood. Set the plywood up against a wall in your house or a tree outside and you’re all set!
Use Them in Multiple Places
Because they are so inexpensive, even the smallest budgets can use dollar store tablecloths in multiple areas to make a large visual impact. In addition to the party table, use them on the buffet, the kitchen counter, game tables, the gift table, and living room furniture. This also makes cleanup a breeze and protects your good furniture from stains!
One Last Tip
It is easy to “plus up” your tablecloth and make it something special. Add a banner or other decorative elements to the plain tablecloth.