- First, for his idea of covering the entire ceiling:
- You'll need way more tablecloths than you would in the original post. I don't know if what the pictures show is just where they stopped or if that was all the tablecloths they had.
- To cover the entire space so the ceiling doesn't show through here are my ideas:
- First tape up the tablecloths around the perimeter of the room, or however far from the center post you want (taping up one short side to the roof or wall and let the rest hang down for now, we'll get to that), slightly overlapping the edges an inch or so. If you can get an even number of tablecloths up, that'd work best for the next step. Also, be sure you check your lengths...it'd be frustrating to get the tablecloths all taped up and the realize they aren't long enough to even reach the middle, let alone drape. If the tablecloths aren't long enough you'll either have to go find longer ones or bring in your radius a little bit. You could try taping to cloths together, but I'm guessing that will show through and add bulk that you don't really want.
- Once that tablecloths are all taped up around the center post, take two neighboring cloths and cross the two loose ends and tape them up at your center post. Repeat with all the table cloths around the room. You may have a few gaps here and there, but they shouldn't be too big. If you really really don't like the idea of gaps, have extra table cloths on hand. I'd then slit one down the middle to make two long and skinny cloths. Hang those under the main canopy where the gaps are.
- It can be so easy for tension to get high during something like this. Let me tell you a story from our first Christmas after we got married. It was our decorating night, so Cameron was putting the lights up outside our apartment and I was putting the lights on the tree inside. I just wound the lights around the tree like a garland, but when Cameron came in I found out that he liked the look better when the lights were wrapped around each individual branch. He wanted to take the lights off and redo it and I didn't want to. We got upset at each other and he went off to bed and I sat in the living room until well past midnight when I finally got tired and climbed into bed to sleep. In the morning we both woke up feeling a little sheepish for getting mad over something so simple as Christmas tree lights. We laugh about that every year now as we put up the lights. No two people think exactly the same, especially in a couple. Remember to breathe, to laugh, and to not let little things get in the way of building memories and happiness.