“A good upbringing means not that you won’t spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won’t notice it when someone else does.” Anton Chekhov
I cook and entertain more in the summer than I do in any other season. It is casual entertaining, and both my indoor and outdoor tables require tablecloths. I love table linens as much as I love to cook and finding attractive tablecloths I love is always fun. Here are some sources I use.
For a basic workhorse table cloth, Solino Home 100% pure linen tablecloth gets high marks. It is made from European flax, a natural fabric, and is good for indoor and outdoor use. It comes in 9 solid colors and 11 shapes and sizes. It is machine washable. A standard 54” x 72” size is $44.99.
For gorgeous special-occasion crisp linen tablecloths, La DoubleJ has a great selection. They are machine washable and made in Italy. They come in three sizes – small is 180” x 180” for $210. The Medium is 180” x 280” for $305, and the extra-large is 180” x 350” for $390. There are 16 beautiful patterns to choose from.
H & M does not leap to mind as a source for tablecloths, but they have a large, reasonably priced selection. This green and white striped 100% cotton table cloth is 57” x 79”. It is machine washable and also available in grey and white stripe. $24.99.
In addition to many solid colored washed linen table cloths, H & M also has patterns. This turquoise pattern with leaves, flowers and birds is 57” x 118”, 100% cotton and machine washable. $24.99.
Shop Fog Linen has eleven linen table cloths to choose from. They mostly come in two sizes, Small is 51” x 51” and Large is 51” x 71”. They are machine washable and should be line-dried. They are long-lasting and get softer with each wash. I love this pink plaid for the summer. $68.00.
The natural patchwork table cloth from Shop Fog Linen comes in one size – 57” x 79” and is made up from their other linen patterns. It can do double duty as a picnic blanket. It is $152.00.
This 70” round table cloth from Target is in a nautical French stripe and 100% cotton. It is machine washable and on sale for $23.75.
This Bunny Williams Kitchen tablecloth comes in 72” x 120. It is made from 55% linen and 45% cotton, should be machine washed cold and tumbled dry. They are on sale – $152.15.
This Kate Spade table cloth is white with navy dots in machine washable cotton. It is 60” x 102” and $50.00.
This Matouk linen Lowell tablecloth is beautiful. It is 70” x 144” and machine washable. It comes in the same white with four sateen border colors to choose from. $399.00.