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It was my sister's 30th today so we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and throw a BBQ party for her. I went shopping with mum and she found a fab 'happy 30th' tablecloth, it didn't occur to me that we'd need tablecloth weights until I saw this set in Poundland - and suddenly I couldn't live without them!
They are a pack of four small insect charms, each one fitted with a decorative crocodile clip which you attach the charms to your tablecloth with. They're quite rudimentary, but for such a cheap price I wouldn't have expected a masterpiece and as long as they do their job then it's all good.
And to be fair they're pretty good. Each pack consists of a ladybird, dragonfly, bumble bee and butterfly - they're all nicely made and you can tell what they're supposed to be, obviously they haven't been created my master craftsmen but I personally think they look the part. The idea is to clip a charm on each corner of the tablecloth and the weight will stop the wind blowing everything about.
The charms have a bit of weight to them so they do actually work well. The clip on the butterfly wouldn't close properly and every few minutes it would slip off the tablecloth; this was a nuisance as (Pavlov's dogs style) I'd find myself racing to clip the butterfly back on as soon as I heard the tinkle of it hitting the floor, as if a freak gust would tear the cloth off the table the instant one of these cheap charms failed!
On the whole I think this was a quid well spent. The tablecloth weights are exactly what you'd expect, they hang nicely to prevent breezy weather spoiling your party and they also provide a talking point. My sister mentioned that she received a set as a wedding pressie five years ago, those were from Selfridges and cost £20 so I think I got myself a bit of a bargain.
The problem with the butterfly clip could be an issue if you were buying these because you have a particularly windy back garden, we don't really (and if we did I wouldn't be sitting in it anyway!) so I wasn't too fussed and mainly looked at the weights as decorations. My personal favourite is the ladybird charm as I love those anyway, I'd love to have been able to buy a set of four of that particular design but I suppose it's quirkier to mismatch the corners.