Mealtimes with children can be a chaotic and messy affair, but it doesn't have to be stressful. You can create a kid-friendly dining space that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The secret to success at dinner time is using spill-proof tablecloths!
Benefits of Spill-Proof Tablecloths
Spills and messes are inevitable when dining with children. However, with a spill-proof tablecloth, you can easily clean up any spills without worrying about stains or damage to your table. Just wipe with a damp cloth, and your beautiful tablecloth is good as new! This makes mealtime less stressful and more enjoyable for both parents and children.
Spill-proof tablecloths require minimal maintenance, making them a convenient choice for busy families. Designed to have the same look as a traditional fabric tablecloth, the special non-toxic coating just makes it more convenient! Wipeable tablecloths are perfect for a mid-meal mess because you can quickly wipe spills up without having to wait to toss the whole thing in the wash.
Choosing the Right Spill-Proof Tablecloth
When it comes to choosing a tablecloth for the whole family, the most important consideration is choosing a material that is beautiful and practical, making it suitable for a kid-friendly environment. Here are some of the most common options to choose from:
- Linen and other cloth options: Traditional tablecloths are made of linen or other natural fibers, but these materials absorb liquid rapidly, making them incredibly susceptible to quick-setting stains and permanent damage.
- Vinyl and plastic: These are better options to avoid dealing with stains, but they're too flimsy to hold up to the rough treatment of children, getting easily torn and ruined after a single use. Plus, these look cheap and usually come in colors and patterns that don’t fit your style.
- Coated fabric tablecloths: The special non-toxic coating on Table 06's wipeable tablecloths makes them water-resistant and easy to clean while still providing the style and quality of a fabric tablecloth. And they're designed to be used over and over again!
Designing Kid-Friendly Tablecloths
When it comes to designing a kid-friendly tablecloth, you're not stuck using neon green or obnoxiously bright patterns. Balance playfulness with beauty by using more subdued colors with a fun pattern, like floral, pinstripe, buffalo, or checked patterns. These styles are not only visually appealing but also effectively mask minor spills when they occur.
And don't forget to consider the size of your tablecloth to ensure adequate coverage and drape without hindering movement around the table. Table 06 offers a range of sizes from 84 to 120 inches long so you can find a perfect fit whether you're decorating a smaller kids table at a big family gathering or covering the whole picnic table at the park for a BBQ.
Tips for Setting Up a Kid-Friendly Dining Area
Apart from using spill-proof tablecloths, here are some other tips for creating a kid-friendly dining area:
- Practical considerations for furniture and accessories: Opt for sturdy, easy-to-clean furniture like plastic or wooden chairs and tables. Avoid delicate materials like glass or ceramic.
- Child-sized tables and chairs: Having furniture that is the right size for your child will make them feel more comfortable and independent during mealtimes. It reduces the risk of spills and accidents. Kids also think small size furniture is fun!
- Non-slip dishware: You can opt for dishware with non-slip bases to ensure that plates and bowls stay in place for little eaters.
- Swap out fine china for melamine or kid-friendly dishware: Using breakable dishes can be stressful when dining with children. Instead, opt for melamine or plastic dishware that is durable and safe for little hands.
- Add crayons or other activities to the table: Keep kids entertained for a few extra minutes by adding something special to their table only. Table 06 tablecloths can endure some crayon markings. Simply use a magic eraser to clean.