Skip the tablecloths – wacky wedding placemats for the win!

Guest post by Liz


The idea of spending money on tablecloths that are guaranteed to be stained with bbq sauce (to the tune of 120 bucks) made me angry and frustrated. How would I wash them? How could I throw them away? I didn't personally feel good about plastic ones in part because the way the plastic sounds — when it rubs against itself it's like fingernails on the chalkboard to me (heebiejeebies).

So, after a festive jaunt to a local fast-food place, I had an epiphany.

I don't need them! It's much easier to wash the tables themselves.

Then another epiphany, while throwing away the refuse… paper placemats!

So I got home and got to designing and have come up with these babies for our medieval-inspired (“Liz and Kevin are Weird and in Love” – themed) wedding dinner.

It was really fun to work on this together and be giant kids. We plan to put them on the tables with some crayons for all our kids-at-heart to enjoy.

And in case you all would like something similar, here listing the links for do-it-yourself game creations:

If you don't want to DIY it, of course you can always have someone make you some… I love these cuties from Etsy:

Actually, Etsy has TONS of great printable paper placemats. It's funny that lots of these are described as “for kids” — but of course, adults can have fun with this stuff, too!

Comments on Skip the tablecloths – wacky wedding placemats for the win!

  1. That's spectacular! We're thinking of doing something similar, but with Mad Libs. We may have to expand it to include some of the stuff you have here – I love it all!

  2. This is perfect!!!! I am totally using this idea! I was kicking around the idea of vinyl table clothes, with our theme sewed on, but I love these more! We are having a BBQ reception, this really is perfect and I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it!!

  3. OMG!!! THAT IS BY FAR THE COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN!!! EVER!!! We are having a BBQ Reception as well and I hope you don't mind but I'm totally high jacking your amazing idea of place mats because like I said they are super cool and me and my fiancee are total losers and big kids at heart so place mats are perfect!

  4. I was appalled at the price for renting tablecloths too. If the tables themselves aren't in great shape, I thought I still might need them. So, I remembered that there is a hotel liquidation store in my area. I went to it tonight and found all the linens I'll need for my wedding (about 120 people) for $70! At that price, I can afford to get them laundered and pressed at a local cheapo dry cleaners! So, I'm recycling. I also know someone who is getting married in the fall, so I will see if she wants to do the same. Thanks for the links to the crossword puzzles and other games. I may use them!

  5. I feel so stupid asking this, but did you make these in Word?? LOL I started playing around with the idea and I'm having a heck of a time trying to make them look cool! Any tips you could give us wanna be's?! 😉 Thank you!!!!

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