When it comes to tabletop buys, I always tell people that linens are always a good idea. It’s the linens – namely the napkins – that provide the backdrop and the finishing touch to a well-dressed table. (Tablecloths, of course, have the same effect but the best ones are often expensive, which is why I tell people to focus their efforts on the napkins.) Think about this way: without the napkin, something looks off, the place setting looks incomplete. What I really love about napkins, though, is that they are always the best quick fix to any table. They have the ability to provide an instant refresh – read: the same dishes you’ve used over and over again take a completely different look with a new napkin. That’s why having a variety of options – different colors, a mix of both prints and solids – is key.
My list of favorite linen sources is long – and getting longer. When I’m looking to make an investment and for something super classic, I head straight to Leontine. One can’t go wrong there. If my table needs something punchy, Elizabeth Lake (designed by a Texan who shares my love of color!) always has something that fits the bill.
For bang-for-your-buck (cotton!) options, which is really ideal for casual summer gatherings, Etsy is always a go-to (check this set of 8 placemats and napkins for under $150!) along with The Conran Shop (just ordered these), La Double J, and many more.
Below, an edit of my current favorite napkins – from custom-made just for you style to under-$10 Etsy finds.