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Disposable tablecloths

Does anyone know a good place to get disposable paper tablecloths, of the kind they use in Greek restaurants?


All I've found so far online are "party" tablecloths, which are too fancy - and expensive - for our purposes. I'd be looking for a pack of, say, 100 or so, so cheap and nasty is ideal.


Any links for online shopping would be very gratefully received.


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Does anyone know a good place to get disposable paper tablecloths, of the kind they use in Greek restaurants?


All I've found so far online are "party" tablecloths, which are too fancy - and expensive - for our purposes. I'd be looking for a pack of, say, 100 or so, so cheap and nasty is ideal.


Any links for online shopping would be very gratefully received.


Cheers!
Are they to be used as tablecloths? Or for the children to draw on etc?
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Are they to be used as tablecloths? Or for the children to draw on etc?

Tablecloths - more accurately, "floorcloths" for some of our more sticky mealtimes.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

You can buy by the roll, like this perhaps:

https://www.medewo.com/ch-fr/P/212B0...en-papier.html

http://www.decofete.ch/Products.asp?...=1002&CatID=79

http://www.weberservices.ch/index.ph...d=4&Itemid=501

In french I googled nappe jetable rouleau

Also, I am quite sure you can buy the rolls at Aligro.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

You can buy the rolls of paper tablecloths in all the large supermarkets and stores. They probably even sell it in Landi. There are different colours and quality but the big standard white is pretty cheap and would be perfect for your needs. You could just cut off as much as you need each time.
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Tablecloths - more accurately, "floorcloths" for some of our more sticky mealtimes.
Few sheets of free newspaper? - fairly sturdy and absorbent, readily available at your local station or your neighbours paper recycling...... and free!
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http://www.swissfruit.ch/de/shop/pro...BCssmost%C2%BB

Does not get much cheaper than this.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Thanks all - the newspaper idea is brilliant for the short term, will definitely look into some of the other alternatives after that.

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You can buy the rolls of paper tablecloths in all the large supermarkets and stores. They probably even sell it in Landi. There are different colours and quality but the big standard white is pretty cheap and would be perfect for your needs. You could just cut off as much as you need each time.
I second that. Can find them at migros
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Feed them in the garden ?
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Thanks all - the newspaper idea is brilliant for the short term, will definitely look into some of the other alternatives after that.

Alternatively, get a dog!

Mine is stationed under the baby's high chair each mealtime, and makes a tremendous job of cleaning the floor
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Feed them in the garden ?
The only downside of living in "the historic centre" of the village: no garden.

We've got a pigsty, though...
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Hi DB,

probably this isn't an option yet as your kids are still quite young:

I found single rectangular sheets on the Migros website which can be placed under the plates, in paper (some 30x20cm) and plastic (some 40x30cm). Plastic would save you the garbage costs because you'd just have to wipe them down after a meal, but perhaps your kids like to aim elsewhere than the sheet/plastic mat during meals , in which case you'd indeed prefer something larger like a tablecloth.

Whatever you choose, good luck finding it.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Advice from an aunt, not a parent - so feel free to disregard as irrelevant:

When the visiting kiddies were in that stage I just put an old bedsheet (or three) down on the floor under the highchair. Toss in the wash, ready for the next meal.

If disposable is the key here, though, obviously not what you want.
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Mine is stationed under the baby's high chair each mealtime, and makes a tremendous job of cleaning the floor
Mine does that too,

To add on the alternative of eating in the garden, you can hose them after. Deep and fast cleaning
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

No matter how much effort I had tried to conserve, a nightly floor mopping/sweep (depending on dinner,yay) was something that just stuck with me for a while. Impossible to avoid, but ecological, so whatevs. Toddlers have marvelous and innate food throwing skills, it pays off to start with the drill "food is not for throwing, we treat food with respect" quite early.

Aside of that - get a big role if IKEA craft paper for kids (just tear of as much as you need per meal)? It's sturdy, will survive wet food.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Honestly, I think that moving the chairs etc, to place said table cloths would be more than a faff then a sweep (and if required a quick mop). Or i'd get one of those plastic 'oil cloths' with a nice pattern- but again, if you can't hose it down in the garden- it would me more of a pain than anything else.

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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Not really a faff at all in my experience. Just lift the chair off, pick up the cloth and dispose of it ( if disposable), put a new one down and replace chair on top. Pretty easy really.
Having said that I would go for a waterproof cloth rather than disposable paper so that the floor underneath remained clean then do as above but tip the debris off and wipe the cloth over before replacing it on the floor. We have been doing this using a cheap plastic IKEA tablecloth for the past week and it had been working pretty well. The secret is to have a big enough cloth so that everything actually lands on it and not around it. Toddlers have the knack of distributing stuff as far away as possible.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

What I had in mind - perhaps impracticably? - was something like they have in Greek tavernas: at the end of the meal, they tip everything into the middle of the table cloth, tie the four corners together, and bin the lot.

I reckon those rolls will be ideal. We'll have a look in Landi next time we're out and about.

Thanks again for all the suggestions!
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No matter how much effort I had tried to conserve, a nightly floor mopping/sweep (depending on dinner,yay) was something that just stuck with me for a while. Impossible to avoid, but ecological, so whatevs. Toddlers have marvelous and innate food throwing skills, it pays off to start with the drill "food is not for throwing, we treat food with respect" quite early.

Aside of that - get a big role if IKEA craft paper for kids (just tear of as much as you need per meal)? It's sturdy, will survive wet food.
Mopping is what I currently do. If it were nightly I could deal with it. It's not. It's after every single meal, as well as any snack that consists of more than cheerios.

And of course any food that was dropped on the floor (accidentally -- we haven't even hit the throwing stage yet) suddenly becomes 10x more appetizing than when it was on the plate, so add in two toddlers doing their best human-vacuum-cleaner impression on the smashed food you are trying to clean up (and being shooed away, and when they finally do go away leaving a trail of mashed banana footprints into the living room, resulting in that floor having to be cleaned too...)

Now multiply that by 3 to 5 times per day. Sorry but the environment can take a back seat to mama's sanity for a couple of years.
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