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All Wrapped Up for the Holidays

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A favorite “Pardee Party Design,” dressed up for the holidays (you may remember the Easter version in lavender and white stripes).

That’s one thing I love about this design — it’s simplistic and versatile. Change the fabric for the season, and occasion, and enjoy the look on your guests faces when they’re presented with such a large “gift.” Sometimes, this statement-making image is all you may need for decoration.

HOW TOS for the “Pardee Bow-Tied Table”

fancy-bullet    60” diameter round table
fancy-bullet    4  2-sided runners, each 9” wide x 104” long.
fancy-bullet    Cut the runner ends like “pussycat ears”—a V.
fancy-bullet    Fabric should be heavy-weight with good “body” so the bows will hold their shape (ie. cotton duck, brocade, jacquard, burlap)

  1. Place 2 of the runners in an X across the table, being sure they are equi-distant down the sides.


  2. Place the remaining 2 runners in another X underneath the center point of the first 2.

  3. Take the third runner and pull each side up to the center, crossing them over and tying them in a bow, as you would on a package.

  4. Repeat the procedure above with the forth runner.

  5. Adjust the 4 bows to be as full as possible, with a “voluptuous” curve.

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

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