Plastic Tablecloth Decorations Vs. Streamers

There are some amazing plastic tablecloth decorations out there. Seriously, look at this and this. Who has time to come up with this stuff? Not me! But, I don’t really have time for anything (starting a blog may have been a terrible idea), so maybe I don’t count. Anyway, I may have mentioned this once or twice, but I’m not really a fan of decorating for parties. That’s a terrible thing for a hostess to say, isn’t it? Yet I say it all the time. I decided maybe I need to stop all those traditional decorating ideas, like using streamers at all, ever, and switch it up a little. Honestly, I don’t have time for the fancy stuff, so my mind turned to plastic tablecloth decorations. I could probably do something with those, right?

Well, if you looked at those amazing decorations I pointed out, you might as well just use streamers. It would take just as long to rip up a whole bunch of paper and tape it to your wall as it would to make those tablecloth things. I don’t want to have to cut and snip and tie and then still tape things. I want something that takes twenty seconds and miraculously looks cute. Impossible? Probably. But, I went out and bought a plastic tablecloth and gave it a shot. Feel free to laugh at my pictures, but just remember: if I can spend twenty seconds decorating for no party, you could probably spend forty seconds for a real party. ūüôā

Ideas for Plastic Tablecloth Decorations

Idea #1: Photo Backdrop

This one’s so easy it’s cheating! Ha. I am positive I’m not the first to come up with it, but let me explain why it crossed my mind. For my son’s birthday, I decided I wanted one of those little streamer photo backgrounds. It ¬†was irritating, it took too long, and I couldn’t get a good picture when it was done. Rather than waste my time with that again, I thought it would be so much easier to just tape up a tablecloth. It looks fine, right? And if it doesn’t, who cares if no one at all takes a picture in front of it? It took two seconds to put up, no skin off my back. If you feel like you have to put in a little extra effort, cut it up like it is streamers and call yourself a decorative genius.

Idea #2: Doorway Draping

Friends, you might need to buy two plastic tablecloths for this one. The picture I’m showing you is only one, but you have to understand I’m in a pretty cramped space right now. I felt like adding two was overkill. But, it would be nice to have one on each side if you have a bigger entryway. Imagine putting a few balloons on top. What a nice little border right? That’s all you have to do. That’s much simpler than draping streamers all over the door, twisting them up, and all of that jazz. Do you feel like a lazy decorator yet? I hope so.

Idea #3: Ceiling Decorations

Just add balloons.

Ceiling streamers are hit and miss with me. Sometimes they can look so tacky, right? Especially if they’re not done by someone who has the time or energy to do them, AKA, me. Some people have taken the time to hang a whole bunch of plastic tablecloths like they’re streamers, but as good as they look, it sort of defeats the purpose for me. It’s more taping and effort than I’m interested in. I’m of two thoughts here. One, hang up the tablecloth by all four corners and stuff it with balloons. That’s a little extra work because of the balloons, but it’s fun, right? You can drop the¬†balloons on the kiddos later. The second thought would be a chandelier. Wrap it around a hula hoop or something else round, cut it up a little, and boom, call it a day.

Bahahaha, okay, I’ll work on this one. Twenty seconds people!


Well, I feel like I’ve come up with some not-amazing, but perfectly good enough, plastic tablecloth decorations. These ideas are all so much less work than putting up streamer after streamer after streamer! If you never cut it up, you could even reuse it and save yourself the time and trouble of a dollar store trip for every party. I know these ideas are all terribly slothful, but if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be appropriate for a frenzied hostess. The next time you throw a party, consider these ideas and spend more time enjoying and less time decorating!