I've entertained a lot lately
Entertaining means napkins
And a lot means a lot!
There is nothing like vintage damask napkins. Pure linen and soft from laundering.
Ironed to a smoothness.
The stack is almost all of my damask napkins
(I do have 8 more upstairs that match a tablecloth)
and some are my grandmother's and mother's
Damask napkins to me are a luxury but one that I embrace.
Gently rolled and inserted in my silver napkin rings
They lend an elegance, I feel, to the table.
The short pile are my new linen napkins
From Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn
My everyday napkins
(And the everyday ones were much more expensive than the ones I save for company!)
They have their own napkin ring and we use them until they get too grimy
Which is why you have napkin rings!
In Victorian times, there wasn't a new napkin for every meal.
You inserted your napkin back in your napkin ring
And the next meal, there it would be at your place!
When I entertain, I like to use vintage tablecloths
Mostly the lace ones
The big one that I got at an estate sale for $5
(big as in it fits the table with all three leaves in it!)
Due to three old red wine stains.
There is a great product which I used
Which got out the stain
And I got an expensive tablecloth!
And one that I just adore!
A hand crochet one
There is just something elegant about lace!
I have two or three more Quaker Lace ones -- but they're smaller
But there is something pretty about the pattern of the lace on the wood table
With a soft vintage linen napkin
And some pretty china!
I have three damask tablecloths and I use them . . . sometimes
But they're a bit more fiddly than the lace ones.
But one was my grandmother's and I treasure it!