Few patterns are as versatile as checks! From rustic weddings to eye-catching trade show displays, bistro breakfasts to late night buffets, easy-care checkered tablecloths add bold bright color to every occasion.
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, red and white checked tablecloths were synonymous with family run restaurants where mom and pop hailed from Naples, Sicily or the Amalfi coast. Today, you are as likely to dine on a checked cloth in a sushi bar or fine dining restaurants.
Eateries dishing out German and Eastern European fare decorate with checks to advertise that their meals are heirs to homey old country cuisine. Cafes specializing in flaky French pastry or Spanish tapas dress their tables in red, blue or black checks, too.
The French not only love fine food, they have a passion for checked tablecloths. Nineteenth century artists, including Manet and Bonnard, immortalized these beloved linens in paintings depicting picnics on the grassy banks of the river Seine. The custom of weekend picnicking is no less celebrated in America where sand dunes and backyard tables are dressed in checks in every color of the rainbow and chicken wings and potato salad are more common than baguettes and brie!
Checkered linens are also popping up at wedding celebrations these days. From small intimate gatherings to over-the-top extravaganzas, rustic affairs are in keeping with our modern more casual lifestyle.
Premier Table Linens Poly Check collection is perfect whether you want to recall “Something Old” with Burgundy and White checks’ retro mood; create a “Something New” with Black and White checks’ dramatic vibe; go for “Something Borrowed” with Red and White checks’ Old World associations, or evoke Something Blue” with Royal and White checks’ celestial style.
All Event Checks
With summer arriving, it’s time to plan events with a nod to warm weather icons. Lemon and White checks bring rays of sunshine to indoor birthday parties, curbside lemonade stands or press luncheons.
For coastal flair, Teal and White checks can’t be beat. A centerpiece with shells, starfish, and sand dollars turns a routine business meeting into a memorable event.
Moss and White checks will bring a bit of the outdoors into your next trade show display or alfresco meal. A backdrop of real or faux birch branches completes the woodsy illusion.
To re-create a festive summer fair atmosphere at your next celebration, team up Premier Table Linens’ Poly Spun or Poly Premier White tablecloths with checked napkins in multi shades. Create merry pendants by folding several dozen napkins over clotheslines suspended overhead. Add strings of midway lights for after-dark occasions.
No matter what colors you choose, wrinkle-resistant Poly Checks fit in with summer’s no-fuss entertaining mantra. Just pop them in the washer as needed and tumble dry. What’s not to love?
Katt Lewison September 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm
Well the photo’s make the checks look quite fun. What about checks in custom colors?
Ryanon September 6, 2014 at 8:21 am
The custom colors are just as beautiful. In my personal opinion, even more so than the traditional red and white checkered because it is different.
hallinion May 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Nice article and photos! I have a new love and appreciation now for checks!
Marthaon June 26, 2013 at 12:06 am
Checked tablecloths are as American and great as apple pies. We use in the summer outdoors for causal occasions and also indoors for fine dining. Can not go wrong with this. Love the new checked color patterns now available.
Wanda Bergmanon June 6, 2013 at 11:28 am
I have a red checkered tablecloth, too. I use it every summer on our patio. It’s so classic and I love it! When it wears out, I’ll buy another one (or two)!
Jeff Martinon June 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm
My wife surprised me with these Poly Check tablecloths. The blue and white Poly Check is our favorite of the 3 different color patterns she got me but we like them all. We use them for both casual outdoor parties as well as formal indoor dinner parties and the fabric looks amazing in either environment.
Natalie Burke, Hometown Linenson June 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Love the checkered look. I;m trying to market these tablecloths for a barbecue themed grad party. They are amazing.
Stephanieon June 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm
I love the checkered look! It really does look great on any table!
Helgaon May 31, 2013 at 6:25 pm
I love this pattern for tablecloths. So classic and in bright colors!
Sandy Cainon May 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Gingham/checked tablecloths always give such a homey feel. They are like a security blanket, and you can never go wrong with them!
Tammy Woodallon May 29, 2013 at 11:44 am
The checkered table clothes are great and are very versatile… It makes me think of picnics in the park.
Sarah C.on May 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm
I love it!
Cindy B.on May 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm
Checkered tablecloths do remind me of Ma and Pa, great eating restaurants. I am a huge fan of checkers!
Movinaon May 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Just last week I was at a wedding and they used checkered tablecloths with Burlap table runners and it was absolutely gorgeous. LOVED the combination of checkered tablecloths and burlap.