The following article was adapted from the Camelot Special Events Blog, which can be found here.

How To Save Money Using Plastic Elastic Table Covers

Mark Saponaro

Event venues as well as restaurants that use linen on their tables can save literally thousands of dollars on linen costs by using Plastic Elastic Table Covers on top of their linen (or in place of them in some cases).

This will save money on either the cost for linen rental or the cost for washing, ironing,  and packaging linen in-house .

Using Plastic Elastic Table Covers instead of linen:

By replacing one linen with a Plastic Elastic Table Cover,  the entire cost of a linen rental is saved on the first use.  But... since Plastic Elastic Table Covers are durable and reusable, the cost of an additional linen rental is saved each time the same plastic elastic table cover is re-used.  Just wipe off the plastic table cover between uses and watch your cost savings multiply.  In addition, replacing lost or damaged linens due to cuts, burns, mildew and stains that do not come out...are now a thing of the past.

Using Plastic Elastic Table Covers with linen: Plastic Elastic Table Covers can also be used over your linens to keep them clean.  This allows you to get multiple uses from linen before having to launder it.  For example, use a floor length linen on a round table and top it with a round plastic elastic table cover...then just wipe the plastic cover off if there are any spills...instead of replacing the linen after each use.

In-house linen costs savings:

Costs to wash, remove stains, iron,  pack and store linen are greatly reduced.  Excess linen inventory is not needed since the same linen can immediately be used again.  Worn out linens are less of a problem since they will be washed and handled less.

The Farmhouse Bistro saved seventeen thousand dollars on linen rentals in one season.  They used a floor length linen on a round table with a plastic elastic table cover over it. This allowed the plastic linen topper to be wiped off between parties. The floor length linen did not have to get changed after every party.  Savings added up quickly, as a single table could be turned over ten times in a one day.  A floor length linen can cost $12,  so one table can save $108 in linen rentals in a day.  A small cafe with ten tables saves $1,080 per day if all tables are turned over ten times each.

The following article was adapted from the Camelot Special Events Blog, which can be found here.

How To Save Money Using Plastic Elastic Table Covers

Mark Saponaro

Everyone knows it is better to cover tables at an event (click here to see why) than to leave them bare:
  • Table covers make tables look more uniform and hide table imperfections
  • Table cover colors can tie in with the event theme or corporate colors
  • Assigned table seating can be color coded to show where General Seating is as opposed to VIP, for example

Nobody even thinks about the lowly trash barrel...those ubiquitous grey brutes that are scattered throughout the event venue.  As it turns out, for many of the same reasons that tables should be covered, Barrels should be covered too:

 Why you should cover your Barrels

  • Most trash barrels are different ages...older ones may be damaged.  Barrels may even be different colors from different manufacturers.  Many metal drums at outside festivals and other large scale events could use a make-over in some cases.  Make them all look the same with vinyl barrel covers
  • Use Barrel Covers to splash color around the event venue with strategically placed barrels (grey is so drab!)...there are even patterns available; Patriotic color patterns for election events or national holidays, and black & white check for a retro look or for that black tie event
  • Barrels that are color coded with Barrel Covers can be used for different types of waste; regular trash, food trash, toxic trash, etc.

Barrel Covers for Recycling will save you time:

  • Barrel Covers are available in "Recycle Blue" with the recycle graphic printed on them
  • Your event guests will automatically help keep bottles & cans, plastic, and paper separate from the regular trash, saving you some work
  • You will also not have to pick through the trash (as much) to separate recyclables after the event, saving you time

Great Recycle Hack - Temporary Trash Barrel Re-purpose:
  • Put a Recycle Barrel Cover over your trash barrel when you are running out of space in your recycle container to increase recycle capacity for that week's pick up
  • After the recycle truck has dumped the "temporary" recycle container, take the Recycle Barrel Cover off and save it for next time.

Great Uses:

Layer with Linen

   Use a linen table cover with a round plastic elastic table cover topper, to create a skirted table for less money. Use two different colors to bring more color to your table and match your event theme. The plastic elastic will also protect the linen from spills and stains. 

    Save money on replacement cost from damaged fabric linen. No need to worry about damaged linens when using plastic table covers - they are disposable. Wax from a candle, burns from cigars, cuts from sharp objects, stains, mildew, and more do not matter when you use plastic elastic table covers to cover your tables.

   A standard plastic table cover can be used in the same way with a plastic elastic table cover topper. The plastic elastic cover will keep the standard table cover from blowing off in the wind.

Arts and Crafts

   Plastic Elastic table covers are perfect for kids arts and crafts projects. Many paint messes can be wiped right off so the plastic elastic table cover can be used again. Since there is no fabric hanging down, it is less likely the table cover can get accidentally pulled off the table, so fewer large scale messes. If used outdoors, the wind will not be able to flip the plastic elastic table cloth, and the art supplies, all over the place. Plus, clean up is as easy as could be!


 Plastic Elastic Table Covers are ideal for the outdoors. Wind will never be a problem again because Plastic Elastic Covers grip the table and will never blow away. Have umbrellas in your outdoor tables? No problem! Simply cut a hole in the center of the vinyl table cover to allow space for the umbrella to fit through. Now you can have shade and a great looking, clean table outdoors without fuss. 

   Plastic Elastic Table Cloths also fit perfectly on picnic tables to provide a clean area to enjoy a meal outdoors. 

Themed Parties

  Turn your round table into a poker table in a couple of minutes. Cover your existing 60 inch or 48 inch round table with a green plastic elastic table cover. You can create a room full of poker tables for a poker themed birthday party with the existing tables in any function hall for a lot less money than renting poker tables.
   Color coordinate linens and plastic elastic table covers to fit your theme and event. Match the tables at your graduation party to your school colors. Mix and match orange and black for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas. Pick a gingham pattern for your backyard party. Any event, any size. Plastic elastic table cloths are the quick and easy solution for a great looking party. 

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