I couldn't find any tablecloths that I liked - or even had the colors I wanted - for this party. Something had to be done to cover the large concrete table, so I decided to just paint one.
I already had a white plastic-y tablecloth from the dollar store from an old project, laying around. I had most of the paint colors too, and only bought the purple-y mauve color.
I laid out the table cloth on my dining room table and painted. It felt really nice to paint such a large canvas. I didn't have a specific plan. I knew I wanted flowers. I wanted large and soft lines to contrast the black and white striped decorations, and all the greenery already present in the space.
I would paint a section, then once the paint dried (thankfully it dried quickly), I shifted the tablecloth to cover a new white space. I didn't try to paint anything specific: I used big brush strokes and tried to keep the colors relatively equally displayed. I painted on more of the cloth than I thought it would take to cover the concrete table, including the edges. As you can see, some of the sides ended up being white, and I even missed a little square in the top corner. The white bothers me in the photos but in real life, it wasn't that noticeable. Probably because there was lots going on in the space.
Day of, I taped the cloth down to the concrete table with heavy duty packing tape. Truth: the paint did start to crack during transport to the party, and with use. Since it wasn't really reusable, we tossed it. That made me a little sad, but it had to go. It was great while it lasted, and I think that's the most important thing.
I LOVE the way it turned out. It was simple and inexpensive. I got to be creative, not only in planning but also in DOING. Is it perfect? Nope. But is was fun, and I love it. Mission accomplished in my book.