Jennifer
Just Said Yes March 2021

Engagement Party-tablecloths

Jennifer, on October 13, 2019 at 2:19 AM Posted in Parties and Events 0 8
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My future MIL is throwing an engagement party for us. We booked the venue and she is taking care of everything else. It is open house style. Originally she mentioned renting linens for the tables. Now she is planning on buying plastic, yellow, tablecloths from Party City. I'm so afraid it's going to look cheap. Is this okay?!? I even offered to rent the linens. I'm trying so hard to just go with it!

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  • Olivia
    Beginner June 2020
    Olivia ·
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    I’m not personally a fan of plastic tableware.
    I think it truly depends on the venue, the guests in attendance and what food you’ll be serving. If this is an event being held in a park or a similar outdoor venue as a cookout, I think this is perfectly acceptable.
    If she is taking the time to book a nice indoor or even outdoor venue, I would recommend purchasing or renting tablecloths. In a way, your engagement party sets the tone for the rest of your wedding related events! I’m frugal and I’m always on the hunt for a deal. I ended up finding efavormart online and I’ve done quite a bit of research as far as reviews go and I even noticed that one of my favorite event decor channels on YouTube uses their products for wedding decor all the time. The tablecloths are super reasonably priced and you can always resell them after the party or keep them to use for a bridal shower or your wedding. (I’m planning on purchasing a few table runners and cloth napkins from them for my big day!)
    The downside to buying? You have to launder or dry clean all of it. Kind of a bummer, but if you’re willing to put in the work, it’s a huge money saver to just DIY. Here’s that YouTube channel: NooZay Decor
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  • Caytlyn
    Champion November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    I'm not a fan of plastic tablecloths, but if someone offers to host a party for you and you accept, you can't really dictate their decor.

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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    I agree with this completely. I understand not loving the plastic tablecloths, but I'd also find it very disrespectful to ask someone who has offered to host a party for you to do something different. It sounds like you've already offered to rent the tablecloths and she didn't agree with that not so subtle hint. The polite thing to do is let this go, and be appreciative of whatever approach she takes.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I think you should go with it. I know the look doesn't always please everyone but I think in the end people aren't going to notice it as much as ya think.
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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    I would just roll with it. As PP said, the decor is the host's choice. If you're close enough to FMIL, you could tell her your opinions on the tablecloth possibly!

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  • Btbride
    Super August 2019
    Btbride ·
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    It's an engagement party, not the wedding. It'll be fine!

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  • Jennifer
    Just Said Yes March 2021
    Jennifer ·
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    Thank you all so much! I feel a lot better
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  • Tara
    Super November 2016
    Tara ·
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    This is absolutely great advice!! I plan on checking out that company and Youtube channel even though I'm already married, haha. My opinion is to discuss it with you FH and see what he thinks. I wouldn't be thrilled with plastic table cloths, especially yellow ones, if it's a nicer venue. Maybe have him discuss it with his mother and mention you both would prefer linen because it will set the tone for wedding activities. She might be more perceptive to him saying it, in a nice manner of course. And mention that you'd be willing to rent the linens. Ultimately it isn't a huge deal if you end up going with her decor. It's one small party and you can make the decision s the rest of the process.

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