Got something to celebrate this winter? Throwing a party? Wondering just how to decorate? How about an "anticipating spring" party? You know, pink and white and creme.....evocative of a cherry blossom tree full of delicate blooms. These colors make perfect winter decor and look great with candle light and even a little silver glitter here and there. And if budget is a concern, as it usually is with the numerous parties we throw here in Israel, so you can still do something creative and festive with disposable table cloth material!
Wrap large glass vases with cherry blossom garlands, and for some variety, make garlands from leaves too, and drape them over tables, or hang them from chandeliers, or even draped curtain style framing a doorway!
And most importantly of all, give your tables a visual focus with shaped runners. When this idea came to me a few years ago I was needless to say ecstatic, as it raises the whole disposable table cloth look into something different entirely. I made this cherry blossom/snowflake by simple folding a large square of disposable table cloth material as one would to cut a snowflake or medallion and cut accordingly. These go very quickly and one can make enough for 20 tables quite easily. And believe me, the extra effort is worth it!
Lie material flat on a table, fold the lower left corner up to to the top edge, to form a triangle, and cut vertically. No measuring required, and if your cuts aren't quite straight, well don't worry too much, you won't see it after you've cut out your design.
And, yes, it does pain me to throw out all this material, so we try to save any pieces that aren't soiled to use for the next gathering. (And I know a few mothers who use this stuff to make great Purim costumes, but not to worry, that's month's away.)