Don’t Have the Perfect Tablecloth? Use a Cozy, Colorful Throw Instead

Welcome to the 632nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions!

I know this has been a terribly stressful week for everyone, so how about something fun and relaxing today! I don’t have my main computer back, yet–still waiting to hear if it can be saved, but I had an idea for today’s post.

A while back in the comments on a Tablescape Thursday post, someone mentioned how they love to use throws as a tablecloth. That sparked an idea and was the inspiration for today’s post. With autumn in full swing here on this side of the world (lucky Australia is enjoying spring!) I thought it would be fun to share some of the tables I’ve set in the past where I used a cozy throw as a tablecloth. Sometimes I think throws are almost better to use than actual tablecloths because they add so much interest and texture to a table setting. Have you ever used a pretty throw in one of your table settings?

Below you’ll find 5 autumn-winter tables where I have incorporated a throw into the setting. To see a table in more detail, click on the title of that previous post. Hope you enjoy the whimsy and fun of these five tables on this beautiful autumn day!

In the Library with the Candlestick


Dinner in a Country Lodge

David Carter Brown Salad Plates with Noritake Colorwave Dinner Plates


A Cozy, Woodland Candlelight Dinner for Cold Winter Nights

Dining by Candlelight, Winter Tablescape in Plaid


Dining in a Country Lodge, An Autumn-Inspired Table Setting

Candlelight Woodland Plaid Table for Autumn


Autumn Table with a Woolly Throw Tablecloth and a Cozy Pumpkin Centerpiece

Autumn Table in Red, Brown, Taupe


Looking forward to all the wonderful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. You know what, in all my years of tablescaping, I don’t think I’ve ever used a throw or a blanket as a tablecloth!! I need to do that! I love your Clue inspired tablescape! Fingers crossed your computer is ok!

    • Thanks, Jenna! I just got it back finally today, turned out to be a damaged power supply…whatever that is. Apparently, when the power was restored, it killed the power supply. The tech guys told me that if the power goes out, it’s best to unplug the computer even if it’s plugged into a surge protector, which mine was. Thankful that everything else was fine! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I like the idea of using throws, but I don’t have any throws that are suitable. I love the one with the wooly throw and the pumpkin. In the past, when I used to entertain more, I had saris that I used on my buffet tables. They are nice and long and allow you to bunch them up and put books underneath to adjust the heights of dishes for interest. You have inspired me to unpack them and use them once again when we are past the present difficulties.

    • Oh, what a great idea of putting books underneath for height, I would never have thought of doing that! Filing that idea away in case I can ever use it. Thanks for sharing that, Ellicia!

  3. I agree that throws are almost better to use than actual tablecloths because they add so much interest and texture to the table. And much cozier in the colder months!

  4. When I lived in the Virgin Islands I used to use pareos/sarongs this way.

  5. All fun tables, Susan! Thanks for hosting!

  6. Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share some book recommendations as well as some gift ideas, thanksgiving tablescape with cranberry recipes and how to set up a workspace for kids! Hope you are staying safe, happy and healthy!

  7. Susan, I love using throws on tables. The tablescape I linked today has a throw as a tablecloth topper. I love all your tables shared today. Hope your computer is ok! Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  8. Franki Parde says

    Yes, yes I do!! I use quilts, twin flat sheets ( still on table from Halloween table…black ones!) Butcher paper… brown wrapping paper…heck, even gift wrapping paper…oh, dear, my Tuesday Morning & Pier 1 closed…oh, yes, pine boughs…oh, oriental rug runner, AND, artificial turf!! Whew!! franki

  9. You’ve done some great tablescapes over the years, Susan. I love using throws too. They add so much texture. I particularly love your “In the Library with the Candlestick” table. Have a great weekend. I hope your computer survives. But hey, it’s par for 2020 if it doesn’t, right?

    • Exactly! 2020 won’t give us a break! Thankfully I got my computer back today and it is functioning again. Apparently, when the power came back on, despite being plugged into a surge protector, it fried the “power supply” inside the computer, whatever that is.

  10. Calypso in the Country says

    Gorgeous table inspiration! Throws are great accessories to add texture and warmth to a table. Thanks for hosting again!

  11. Three of those are on my all time favorites list. πŸ™‚

    Susan, you know I love you but I may have to lodge a formal complaint or prepare a sternly worded letter if you don’t tell us your scary story! πŸ˜›

    • It’s been a very stressful week so haven’t been up to writing anything about it. I just finished writing the President of the hospital and completing a survey I received from them. It took me about 4 hours to write that letter explaining all that happened. If I do share it in a post, I will have to give the Reader’s Digest version because it’s hard to share it.

      • Oh Susan, that’s awful. I didn’t think it would be THAT scary or bad a story. But I am glad you have let the president of the hospital know about your ordeal and I certainly hope you hear back from him or her. Yikes! Okay, I won’t bug you about it any more. I hope things are getting back to normal for you my friend and you can put it all behind you and look forward to the holiday. Those dinosaur things you got the boys are so cute. All of them. Love that the blanket goes and both the tops are so funny. And I got those lanterns you recommended. You weren’t kidding! Those things are bright and just right for a black out. I was going to get the black out buddies, too. I was so impressed they stayed lit the whole time your electricity was out! But I noticed there were some reviewers saying they almost started a fire at their house! So please be careful if you didn’t see those. I also got one of the headlamps. πŸ˜€

        • I remember seeing those reviews. I have a feeling that something must be wrong with their outlets. I’ve not had any issues and the reviews overall are really good.

          • Hmm, perhaps that’s it. I’m glad you’ve not had any problems because that’s a scary thought. I still can’t believe they stayed lit the entire day and a half your electricity was out. So nice to have a lit path as you move around the house. I know, I just had a crazy fall trying to walk through a dark, unfamiliar room at an Inn at night. I wish I could have seen myself fall because it must have been a very comical sight. πŸ˜€

  12. They’re all beautiful Susan! I love using throws as tablecloths too – you’re right, so much texture and interest! And if the title of the first table is from Clue, you’re my new best friend! LOVE that movie! (And the table!) πŸ˜‰ Thanks for some relaxing fun!

  13. I love that throw and how great the tablescapes look! I have to go out to my linen cabinets and look for one. Great idea ! I have used plaidcovers before, but not a throw.

  14. Brenda Lawrence says

    I’ve never thought of using a throw on a table until I saw you do it Susan. I haven’t did it yet, but maybe one day I will. Who knows?! Your tables look amazing! Hugs, Brenda

  15. Cyndi Raines says

    Awesome tables. My throws are too cushy, but I like the idea. I have used solid colored single sheets and also a fishing net as an accent to a blue tablecloth for my beach theme. Thanks for sharing your fun and creative tables.

    • The cushy ones are a bit tricky to use since glasses don’t stand so well on those. Flater ones tend to work a bit better. I sure do love a plush throw, though…I mean to use as a throw! lol
      Thanks, Cyndi! Hope you have a great weekend!

  16. I’m so glad I can come to BNOTP, drink in and enjoy the lovely tablescapes, creativity, and ideas that I find here. This week has been agonizing for me–between the election and my 92 year old mother dying on Monday night, this is the saddest I’ve been in a long time. But tablescaping and the lovely ladies who are part of the BNOTP community always are a ray of sunshine. Thanks again Susan for your beautiful web site! XO

    • Elena, I’m sooo sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I’ve been so distressed over the election stuff this week, I can’t imagine having to cope with your Mom’s passing on top of all that’s happened this week with the election process. 2020 has definitely been a very tough year for so many. We are going to get through this, though! I’m determined to not let 2020 get the best of me and I know how strong you are, how determined you can be. We will get through this, Elena. Keeping you in my thoughts! β™₯

  17. BOBBI DUNCAN says

    Susan, Your tablescapes are always wonderful! Yes, I do love to use throws, matelasse’ coverlets, quilts, and other items (like fishnet over a tablecloth). The heavier textures really bring warmth to a table, especially with autumn and winter settings. If I don’t have one large enough to cover the entire table, I simply turn a square one on the diamond over another tablecloth, or not. So many fun ways to add interest to any table–thanks for sharing yours. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

    • Thanks so much, Bobbi! I love that, too–turning it on an angle! Love the way you describe it!
      I hope you have a great weekend! Fall is just really getting underway here now and the trees are beginning to change. I need to get out and enjoy it before the leaves are all off the trees.

  18. Never thought of using a blanket but that’s a great no-iron idea. I’ve used scarves, yards of fabric but never a throw.
    Looks great, practical and washable.

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