17 October 2015

Event Planning - Table Covers

A friend gave me a great compliment the other day, as I was working at a charity event for her. She said she knew I had a lot of event experience, and was looking for my input on how and when to pack up.

We got packed up not too long after that, and I'm quite sure she could have done it just as well without my suggestions, but she did get me to thinking about all of the events I've planned or participated in. When working in marketing and human resources, I planned many internal events for employees. Later on, as I went on to working in direct sales, my events became much more varied - there were team events, open houses, presentations, trainings, and more. Some events were just a few hours, while some ran for days.

Whether it was an employee potluck, a formal holiday celebration, or a sales conference, any event could go from looking like a garage sale, to being a professional event with the addition of premier table linens. Not seeing the gluey, painted, marred top and wobbly legs of someone's 15-year-old folding table makes all the difference.

A 'real' tablecloth is a great investment (many come with nifty carrying bags to keep them in tip-top condition for years). Before purchasing, consider if you want a logo on it, or will be using it for multiple purposes. Additionally, think about getting the awesome pleated corners that not also look spiffy, but also help keep the whole thing in place if people will be walking around. Last but not least, if you often sit on one side of your table while people are on the other side (although I'll address another time why standing near your table is usually preferable), check out a three-sided tablecloth, so you're not always moving the whole thing sliding your chair in and out.

Using a table cover for a professional appearance is a basic step toward being taken seriously as an event planner or business owner.

13 comments:

Keikilani said...

I have been to a lot of events and hosted some myself. These tablecloths always are so professional looking and have a clean look. I LOVE them!

Nancy B said...

You are so wise!

Anonymous said...

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Carrie Kalasz said...

Love the look of these thanks for sharing!

melissa said...

a covered table always gives an event a way more polished look, for sure!

Lisa Martens said...

I couldn't agree more. It also goes along way toward making the event look more cohesive and polished. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn said...

I definitely agree. Having a table cover really makes the room look more festive and fun.

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead said...

Yes!! This is so important, I have 3 vendor events coming up and this was a great reminder that I really need to finally invest in a real business related table cloth since I do 6-7 of these a year it's worth the investment

Mrs. Weber said...

I love a good tablecloth too! I agree that it just sets the tone for an event and is crucial!

Betsy M. said...

I agree! Those type of tablecloths definitely make all the difference. So professional looking.

GeekDad said...

when I used to do a lot of public appearances at various events for my business used a specially printed table cloth and have to say it was a great investment! Really defined your space better than a banner or table top sign.

Rachel said...

That is a great point. Tablecloths can make all the difference! I didn't know you could get them with one open side though, that's great.

Crystal Wachoski said...

I was a face painter for 6 years. I always glammed up my table with a great table cloth.