As it turns out, a stash of pretty paper napkins are always good to have around for unexpected company or impromptu picnics. This is a lesson I learned last week when we had to pull out the polka dot “happy birthday!” napkins over cocktails. Oy.
Here are a few luncheon-sized napkins I would love to have stashed away because they can double as cocktail napkins in a pinch. They’re not too cutesie, nor do they look like they’re leftover from Grandma’s house. Or (eep) from Halloween. Best, almost all of them are on sale right now. -Liz
This set of Marimekko blue napkins is so pretty. Plus, I love everything Marimekko. (On sale for $3.95/20 at Crate + Barrel)
For something a little more mod, check out the Marimekko black and white dot napkins. ($2.95/20 on sale at Crate + Barrel)
Bali Lunch napkins would look so great outside on a picnic table with some paper lanterns around. ($5.95/20 at Plates and Napkins)
Chinese peony damask paper napkins have the potential to look old-fashioned, but pair them with yellow plastic utensils and teal paper plates and you’ll have a very cool color-blocked picnic table. ($5.95/20 at Plates and Napkins)
If you want something colorful but a little sophisticated, this Turquoise stripe border napkin is just the right amount preppy, but the turquoise makes it less expected than pink or green. ($6/20 at Caspari)
Since chevrons are the pattern of the year, why not chevron napkins? These come in silver, green or coral. ($5.95/20 at Plates and Napkins)