How To Make Plastic Tablecloths Look Nice

More informal parties tend to use plastic tablecloths. They’re easy to deal with, easy to clean and set up, and they can be reused or disposed of easily. However, the drawback of these convenient features is that they don’t look the best. However, there is a way to make plastic tablecloths look nice.

There are hacks, and accessorizing tips, and using your creativity can make a simple covering look exceptional. Read on these table-setting ideas as we find out what you can do to make your events look better.

Tip 1: Layering

We all know that plastic tablecloths are lifesavers. They shield your table from spills and splatters, especially during messy party fun. But let's face it, they can sometimes look a little, well, plain. Don't worry, though! We can unlock the secret power of layers to transform your plastic tablecloth from basic to beautiful. Think of it like giving your table an undercover disguise that makes it way more interesting!


Imagine placing a cool fabric or even colorful paper under your plastic tablecloth. This underlay acts like a hidden layer, adding texture and hiding the plastic sheen. Think of a lace tablecloth for a vintage-inspired tea party, or bright colored paper for a playful kid's birthday bash.

Mix and Match

Combine a plain plastic tablecloth with a patterned or sequin table runner down the center. This creates a stylish and unique table setting. Want to get even bolder? Play with color! Layer a brightly colored plastic tablecloth under a sheer, neutral-toned one for a subtle pop that peeks through.

Tip 2: Polished Look

We've explored the magic of layering and mixing and matching. But let's face it, even the most fabulous tablecloth can be brought down by wrinkles and wind! Here are some hacks to ensure your plastic tablecloth looks polished and stays put:


Wrinkles are the enemy of a smooth, sophisticated table setting. But here's a secret weapon – sunshine! Lay your plastic tablecloth flat on a sunny day for a few minutes. The heat works wonders, relaxing the wrinkles and leaving you with a wrinkle-free masterpiece.


If the sun is hiding on a gloomy day, a hairdryer in a low-heat setting can achieve the same effect. Just be sure to keep the heat on low and move the hair dryer constantly to avoid melting the plastic.

Worry-Free Windy Party

Outdoor parties are a blast, but the wind can turn your tablecloth into a runaway kite! Keeping the tablecloths in place using double-sided tape can do wonders. Apply small strips of tape to the underside of the tablecloth at strategic points, like the corners and center. Then, press the tablecloth firmly onto your table.

Another option is to use tablecloth clips. They're easy to use and come in various styles to match your tablecloth color.

If clips or tape is not an option for you, try tying the corners of your tablecloth in loose knots around the table legs. This is a simple and stylish way to secure your tablecloth and add a unique touch to your table setting.

Tip 3: Accessorize

Probably one of the simplest yet most effective ways to make tablecloths look nice is to add accessories to them. Not just as decorations but they can also be added as finishing touches. By strategically adding centerpieces and runners, you can elevate your table setting and create a truly magical ambiance for your party.


A beautiful centerpiece instantly becomes the focal point of your table, drawing everyone's eye and setting the mood. The possibilities are endless, so let your creativity flow.

For a classic and elegant look, use fresh flowers in a vase or create a stunning floral arrangement. Choose flowers that complement your color scheme and party theme.

Another idea is to use candles to add a warm and inviting glow to any table setting. Group different-sized candles together or use decorative candle holders for a touch of sophistication.

Lastly, don't be afraid to get creative! Use decorative objects that reflect your party theme. For a nautical-themed party, you could use seashells, sand dollars, and a model ship.

Table Runner

A table runner adds a touch of sophistication and helps frame your centerpiece. Choose a runner that complements the colors and patterns of your tablecloth.

Use patterns to make it more interesting. For a patterned tablecloth, opt for a solid-colored runner in a complementary hue.

You can also play with different color combinations to make it more appealing. If your tablecloth is a solid color, you can go bolder with a patterned runner. Stripes, polka dots, or florals can all add visual interest.

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Creative Plastic Tablecloth Hacks

Plastic tablecloths are a party staple, but who says they're limited to just tables? Get ready to unleash your inner party planning genius with some unexpected and creative ways to use your leftover plastic tablecloths!

Photo Booth Backdrop 

Transform your plastic tablecloth into a vibrant and fun photo booth backdrop! Simply hang the tablecloth on a wall or use a tension rod to create a temporary backdrop. Add streamers, balloons, or other decorations to personalize it and create a memorable photo opportunity for your guests.

Wall Hanging 

Feeling crafty?  Plastic tablecloths can be surprisingly versatile. Cut them into different shapes and sizes to create unique wall hangings. Think geometric patterns, fringe curtains, or even animal silhouettes! This is a fun and affordable way to add a pop of color and personality to your party space.

Thinking outside the box can turn your plastic tablecloths into multi-purpose party essentials.  Not only will you save money, but you'll also be environmentally conscious by finding creative ways to reuse these materials.

So there you have it! With creativity, you can transform your plastic tablecloths from basic to beautiful, and even find unexpected ways to use them throughout your party space. Stay tuned for some final tips and tricks to wrap up your party-planning journey!

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