Decorating Ideas: Table Setting Tips


Yesterday, I shared with you my Easter Tablescape.

Easter-Vintage-Brass-Lavender-Table-Setting copy

Today, I am going to share a few decorating ideas and tips – most specifically with tablecloths and table runners.

And I am going to share a little secret with you.


This is not an eyelet lace tablecloth.

In fact, it is a super cheap Walmart plain white cotton table cloth. Placed over the top is a run of eyelet lace fabric. I left the ends unfinished because they were clean and straight. However, if you wanted, you could trim it with sharp scissors, pinking shears, hem the ends or hem the ends with a version of no sew tricks.

My table is rather thin, so it does fall over the sides nicely. However, if you had a wider table, you could use it more as a full length table runner to achieve the same look. I also could have used a contrasting color tablecloth underneath for a totally different look. The color would have shown down the sides as well as through the openings in the lace.


I have used this trick several times before and find that it gives me the look I want for a tablecloth without the expense of buying one as long as my table. Or, the hassle of trying to find exactly what I wanted. I just headed to Joann Fabrics and picked out the type of eyelet lace that I liked.

I have done this before using tweed

Fall Dining Room 023

and houndstooth suting fabric

Christmas in the Dining Room

and even black lace over burlap at Halloween.

Haloween Spooky Table Setting copy

So, there you have it – my secret. This trick can be applied to buffet tables as well during holidays.

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Thanks so much for reading and have a great day.


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12 thoughts on “Decorating Ideas: Table Setting Tips”


  1. Oh my goodness! What an awesome idea! One of those “why didn’t I think of that’ ideas! Thanks for sharing, Laura!

  2. Makes me have a ‘duh’ moment. Never thought of it. Luv the layered look
    Beautifully done table Laura. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Gee

  3. Love this! Using fabric is such a great trick and you have such a good eye for it. I have always loved white eyelet, too!
    Thanks for sharing and the inspiration — your ideas never disappoint! 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. What a great idea. I have a very long wide table that sits eight and i currently have to stitch two plain white tablecloths together but i love your idea of different fabrics as runners to change the settings. It will also probably hide my poor stitching skills!

  5. This is a great idea. I will have to check out the fabric store.I like using fishing nets on the table and small rugs also. Where do you find the wooden boxes you use on the table? I love those. You always put different things inside for eye candy. Love your blog and creativity.

  6. What a lovely idea! I’ve never thought of it before, but can now imagine all the possibilities. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous tablescapes! They are all so beautiful.
    Debbie 🙂

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