Memory Tablecloth

Holidays are a very special time of the year for me. I have to be honest though, I really can’t stand all the hype that is put out there that supports going into hock just to buy junk that your friends and family probably won’t care about 3 months later. The holiday’s are very special to me because of FAMILY. I absolutely love it when everyone comes over and spends time together cooking, playing games and just hanging out. When your kids grow up and start families of their own, life gets busy very quickly, so times like these are treasured.

I was drooling, I mean, window shopping, in the store the other day at all the beautiful holiday table linens that were on display. My Thanksgiving tablecloth has been around quite a few seasons and has suffered a few tears, so it was time for a new one. In trying to plan my table theme, I just kept coming back to the main reason for Thanksgiving; being thankful. Holidays are also about traditions and memories, and it’s never too late to start them.

A memory tablecloth is a great idea that will be a fun way to build these memories and be able to reflect back on old ones. I bought a plain rust colored tablecloth, but any plain color will work, and laid out permanent fabric markers at the table with a little note attached.

I asked everyone to write on the tablecloth something that they are thankful for. It was great to watch everyone’s wheels spin as they reflected on what to write. When everyone was done, we all got a chance to go around the table and read what each person wrote. What an amazing feeling to see so much love and gratitude poured out into one place. Best of all, year after year we can bring out this tablecloth and just keep adding to it. Years from now it will be a blast to go back and re-read all the things that were written.

Have you started and new holiday traditions?








11 Responses to Memory Tablecloth

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  4. Shelly says:

    What does the note say?

    • oodalollie says:

      Hi Shelly,
      Here is what is on the note.

      “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
      Melody Beattie

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  6. Diane says:

    So cute. My fabric markers always “bleed”. What brand do you use? Thanks

  7. Tracy says:

    How is it washed? Will the marker come off?

    • oodalollie says:

      Hi Tracy,

      It depends on the type of marker you use. I have noticed that the marker on my table cloth has faded a litle bit, but you can still read what it says. Handwashing if possible is always a better option.


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