Whether you are setting the table for a family weeknight dinner or a special occasion shop table decorations, table mats and runners at Babame and ensure your table is set with ethical style. And what better place to rest your favourite fair trade tea, coffee or chocolate than on a fair trade coaster.
Weâ€™ve chosen a range of practical and beautiful accessories from some of our favourite ethical fair trade suppliers to protect your dining tables and take you from family dinner to party table and back again in no time. Plus we have a great range of wine glasses, tumblers, and serving trays are well as crockery, and candles to really set the scene.
The Re-Spiin natural durability of seagrass and jute makes these table mats hard wearing and heat resistant. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and allow to air dry. Plus they look great making them perfect for everyday dining or special occasions. Dress up with linen napkins and funky napkin rings, foliage, flowers and candles to create the perfect table setting for a dinner party or simply use to protect the table during family dinners.
Ethically made by artisans in Bangladesh who are fairly paid for their work, the seagrass has been left itâ€™s natural colour while the Jute trim has been dyed using Azo-free dyes. Both seagrass and jute are fast growing, sustainable, processed without harsh chemicals and fully biodegradable making these a great eco-friendly choice to place under your dinnerware.
Alternatively, the fair trade cotton fabric variety has been handmade in a factory in India where staff are paid fairly and all celebrate Diwali together. The woven material is screen printed to create a lovely two colour pattern effect. Create a placemat set in all one colour or mix and match depending on your mood.Spot clean with a damp cloth or you can machine wash them, meaning they are great for messy eaters young or old.
Table mats are also really handy for protecting your counter surface. Use them when serving food or place on a coffee table or sideboard under a vase of flowers to protect table or furniture from condensation of scratches.
The gorgeous handwoven fair trade table runners are great for adding colour and protecting the centre of your dining table. Made from recycled fabric each one is unique yet the variety of colours means they work well in most decorating themes. If you are serving food straight from the oven or hob combine with a trivet or bamboo chopping board to protect your table from the heat.
Our range of drink mats has something for everyone. From modern rainbow glass mosaic tiles and recycled aluminium to minimalist bamboo or rustic hand-carved mango wood. A practical addition to your dining table or side tables in the living room, cork backing or rubber feet protects surfaces against scratches, heat and watermarks while the lovely designs at colour and character.
Both the mango wood tree of life and the recycled bike chain set of coasters have matching trivets making them great for the finishing place settings at the dinner table and lovely gift ideas. Made by a fair trade project in India mango wood is a fast growing hardwood making these drinks mats not only beautiful but sustainable as well. And if you love the recycled bike chain idea you can get a matching wine rack, bookends, photo frames and even a dinosaur who would look great decorating any table or home bar.
Bambuâ€™s bamboo offerings can be combined with gorgeous serving trays that also make great alternative plates especially if you are going for a rustic decor theme. A refreshing change from slate which guests are sure to comment on. Combine with some really lovely hand blown glasses made from recycled glass and a gorgeous wooden wine rack to really complete the look.
Whether you are thinking about a wedding reception, valentineâ€™s day or Christmas table decorations itâ€™s always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make your table look effortlessly chic.
Pine cones are a great addition to a Christmas table, thanksgiving table or any other fall tablescape. They can be fashioned into neat little holders for place cards, or interspersed with candles for a lovely alternative centrepiece. We also have some lovely felt Christmas decorations that look very cute on the table.
Fresh flowers are always a lovely addition. Choose a low vase so guests can see over them or opt for lots of little jars and vases dotted down the centre of the table. For valentineâ€™s day, you might choose roses or scatter rose petals on the table while sweet peas fresh from the garden are perfect for the summer months.
And it doesnâ€™t just have to be fowers. Herbs look great on the table and the scent of them with add to the meal. You could use potted herbs in place of a bunch of flowers or tie sprigs of rosemary to napkins in place of napkin rings. Holly works really well for this at Christmas and saves buying expensive napkin rings or testing your folding skills.
For your Easter table decorations use little easter eggs instead or rose petals and choose a couple of the felt so good figures or decorations to complete the look. Fresh spring daffodils will add vibrant colour to your Easter table for very little expense or you could choose potted tete a tete if you prefer to steer away from cut flowers.