Effortless Cocktail Tables
Cocktail tables. They offer a mingling point perfect for offering a place for your guests to talk while eating hors d’oeuvres and drinking. While we can’t possibly create a post with all the possibilities cocktail tables offer, we can go over sizing and common practices to help you when you’re setting up. Find those answers (and a little more) down below.
Cocktail tables are tricky because though all of them look similar, dimensions can vary slightly. This causes tablecloths to fall differently and the standard may not fit your table because of a larger top or higher leg.
The most common dimensions for cocktail tables are 30 in. in diameter and about 42 in. tall. Bases also differ. We’ve found that the standard table has four legs which add to the height. If your cocktail table uses a round flat base, similar to the table top, make sure to measure the height.When using the standard size, a 120 in. round tablecloth will give you a full drop. If you choose to use a 120 in. round, the fabric will sometimes flair out a bit but it will not puddle. Generally the normal drops are about 15 in., this can be accomplished with a 54-60 in. square tablecloth. 72 in. overlays are also an option and will fall about 21 in. at the corner.
Many cocktail tables come with two heights of poles so you can adjust the height at will. Instead of the table being 42 in. tall you can create one that is 30 in. If lowering the table it is recommended to switch to a smaller table top if possible. We use a 24 in. in this case. Either way, we recommend 90 in. tablecloths for the full drop
Use higher cocktails when providing a spot for drinks when people are mingling. Proms, event gathers, and some weddings will scatter these through the venue. Higher tables can also be used for cake or sign in tables. Smaller cocktail tables are commonly used for seating either one or two people. Sweetheart tables and accented tables-for flowers and such work well with this set up.
HOW TO SASH A COCKTAIL TABLE
Many clients choose to tie sashes around the pole of cocktail tables, either for fashion, for function — i.e. to keep the linens from blowing in the breeze — or both. When sashing a cocktail table, we typically recommend choosing a linen at least one size larger than needed for a full drop. When the linen is sashed, it is cinches and lifts up slightly at the bottom, exposing the metal base of the table. By using one linen size larger, there is extra fabric at the bottom to conceal the base after it’s cinched.
For example, if you’d like to sash a 30” Round x 42” High table, you’d first find the full drop size — 114” Round — then choose at least one size up, a 120” Round cloth.
Since not all events include a seated meal, renting cocktail tables is a great alternative to renting the larger banquet tables. These have a smaller footprint but still give a guests a place to set down their drinks or appetizers. While there is no science to how many cocktail tables to rent for you party, some parameters to consider are the venue size and space available, if there are other tables at the event, how many guests are attending, and how long the party will last. A good starting point is to rent one cocktail table per every 10 guests, then the number can be adjusted up or down depending on your specific event. As discussed earlier, linens should almost always be rented for cocktail tables.
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