When I was a child growing up at home, our family meal was very important and if we all were home together, we had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the table and together and the table was set. It was simpler for breakfast and lunch but a bit more formal for supper. We ate supper as a family each day and together at a set table. Sunday dinner was around noon and more formal.
And for special occasions, we had lace tablecloth, the good china and silverware as well as crystal glasses.
As a young child and well before my First Holy Communion, I made a connection between the lace altar clothes on the various altars in the churches where we attended Mass and the nice Italian lace table clothes my mom had which she had purchased in Italy, these used for special occasions.
Today, altar cloths are very minimalistic and usually do not hang down in any way and lace seems to be eschewed.
In fact, the linens used at Mass in many parishes are not properly cared for and are a dirty wrinkled mess and seldom fit the altar properly.
All of this is how lack of attention to detail, which characterizes the modern Mass, diminishes what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is and the necessity to have the right belief to have the right active/actual participation. Active/actual participation begins with the laity showing up for Mass. They won’t show up if it does not appear to be important when they are actually there.
Please note the sloppiness and ugliness of the altar cloth and its placement in this more recent photo: