Umbrella tablecloths add an element of color and style to your outdoor entertaining. You can find them in round, oval and rectangular shapes to fit your outdoor patio table.
Of course, what makes them unique, is that they all accommodate the hole that is sitting right in the middle of your table.
The seam is usually hidden by a durable zipper. I found the one pictured above at Tuesday Morning but you can also find these tablecloths at Stein Mart, Ross, and Target at the beginning of spring.
I love the bright colors and stripes as well as the water repellent polyester fabric. Any spills bead right up rather than staining the tablecloth. Just wipe up the beaded liquid with a cloth or sponge and you'll find that there is no stain. Don't wash it every time you use it. However the cloth tablecloths can be washed in cold water and tumbled dry on low for a "no" wrinkle look - that is if you remove it just when it's still a little damp.
You can also get vinyl tablecloths that are mildew and stain resistant. If you want to keep them on the table for an extended period of time, just wipe it clean with a soapy dishcloth or sponge. A vinyl cloth is less expensive but not as "dressy" looking as the polyester fabric cloth tablecloths.
I am loving this tablecloth that I bought at Target. It's cloth, but
treated so that it is stain resistant. Any spills just stay on top of
the cloth and can be easily wiped off. Throw it in the washing machine
for easy clean up.
I tried to take a picture that shows the zipper - but really it is hidden so well it will be hard to see it. The all polyester ones are super easy to care for - just wash in cold water and throw them in the dryer. They come out without any wrinkles.
The shape and size of your outdoor table will determine what size tablecloth you need. Here are some common sizes and shapes:
Tablecloth Size 52" X 52" will fit square tables in the 28"x2 28" to 40" x 40."
Table cloth sizes start at 52" x 70" for a table that seats 4 to 60" x 120" for a table that seats 10 people. Some are shaped as an oval and others rectangular.
A 60" round tablecloth fits a table that seats 4 and a 70" or 80" round tablecloth fits a table that seats 6.
The round ones are harder to find in the stores, so you may end up buying that shape on line.
Actually, it's not easy to find this type of tablecloth last minute unless it is spring or early summer. Stores like Target, K-Mart, Stein Mart, Tuesday Morning and Bed, Bath and Beyond carry them in season but unfortunately many of these stores have closed in my area.
I stocked up on several vinyl umbrella tablecloths from K-Mart this summer when they had a sale. I use them now for our kids pool parties rather than the disposable plastic ones (which I had to cut and tape to accommodate the hole.)
If you are looking for a specific color or colors you may have to
go on line. The vinyl ones at Amazon cost more than in the store - but
it has the best selection of sizes, styles and colors.
Outdoor Umbrella Tablecloths
The best outdoor tablecloth is one that is made of 100% polyester (not the dollar store disposable tablecloths).
Now that we have a cantilever umbrella we don't need a tablecloth that has a hole in the middle with a zipper.
I have several of these polyester checkered outdoor tablecloths in blue and white, black and white, lime green and white and pink and white.
They are 100% polyester so they are easy to wash and of course the fabric doesn't wrinkle.
Your pool party table starts with an outdoor tablecloth - it not only gives color to your table setting but definitely glams it up.
Another popular outdoor tablecloth is a vinyl tablecloth with a flannel backing.
It's is super easy to clean off simply using water or soap and water. You can find a vinyl waterproof outdoor tablecloth in lots of different colors and designs to fit your style.
So whether you use polyester, vinyl or umbrella tablecloths, they really give a tasteful appealing look to your pool party table.