The Birthday Tablecloth: A One-of-a-Kind Keepsake

Call me sentimental. Call me nostalgic. I’m notorious for collecting keepsakes which capture moments in time with my little girl.

The Birthday Tablecloth

Birthdays are wonderful times to capture special moments. When we were planning my daughter’s first birthday party we were trying to come up with environmentally friendly ways to decorate. Instead of using a disposable tablecloth, we purchased a white fabric tablecloth and provided fabric markers so that friends and family members could write birthday messages to her.

The Birthday Tablecloth: A One-of-a-Kind Keepsake

We use fabric markers that set with heat. After the tablecloth is signed, we throw it in the dryer for an hour to set the ink.

We bring out the birthday tablecloth every year on our daughter’s birthday and add new messages to it.

I hope that one day it will be an extra special keepsake for her.

Do you have special keepsakes for your children’s birthdays?

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Jennifer Bly
Published author, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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  1. says

    We do this, too! We don’t have permanent ones that we keep, though. I have used leftover muslin and just recently discount vinyl ones off the clearance shelves at Walmart. We draw all over the cloth, keep it on the table for a few days then throw it away. My children think it’s a lot of fun.
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