Our boys are eaters through and through. Our oldest learned fairly quickly to be clean about it. Our youngest does not share the same interest.
So in order for us to protect our kitchen table from the daily all out warfare we call mealtime, we needed some help. It came in the form of Neat Solutions Table Toppers. They come in a few different colors and are made of silicone and are BPA and PVC free which is important to us. They are light and easy to clean. When the food or spoon or dish or cup gets lands on the placemat it does a fairly good job of protecting the table. Obviously it cannot help when our son launches something across the table. And it cannot stop our son from lifting it off the table and tossing it along with all of the crumbs and mess he left on it.
Overall it is a good product that serves its simple but important purpose. The price is quite reasonable (click here to see) and it is reusable which is nice - otherwise we would be buying 10 per day the way our son eats...