My husband calls me an organized hoarder, mostly just about napkins and table linens. But here’s the thing — I believe they’re an essential part of a table setting, they store easily, they’re simple to swap out, and they make me happy.
Regardless of the type of hosting you most enjoy, every hostess needs a good napkin collection. Here are some tips that I have amassed over the years… just like my napkins.
Must-have napkin staples
~Invest in some nice white cotton dinner napkins. They instantly dress up a table, no matter what you’re serving. I like Pottery Barn’s Caterer’s Napkins. Find them here. They are sturdy, white, relatively wrinkle-free, and they hold up wash after wash.
~Linen napkins add a cool, casual vibe to your table, but make sure you’re okay with the wrinkled, lived-in look. Having to iron these every time you use them is a pain. Instead of ironing, I take them out of the washer and hang them over a chair. Alternatively, the steam cycle on your washer can work wonders for this. H & M washed linen napkins are a nice price point, and a great place to start your napkin collection – get them here.
Best bargains for colors and prints
~If you want the biggest bang for your buck, napkins in your party color are great way to go. Check out World Market’s buffet napkins for an incredible color palette — at $9.99 for 6, they’re a bargain.
~Napkins with a classic print can go a long way. Black & white stripes or navy & white polka dots are patterns that can used in many settings and themes. I like browsing the home departments at Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx and Home Goods for these.
~Don’t overlook paper placemats and runners. They’re a great way to change up your table setting and if someone spills, just toss and tear out a new sheet! Twoscompany.com, kitchenpapers.com and hesterandcook.com are good sources for paper options. A nice place to start your collection might be plain Kraft paper placemats, a chalkboard paper table runner roll, and maybe something with a whimsical print like sprinkles or confetti for those special celebratory occasions.