December 19, 2022

Napkin Rings

Beautiful & Treasured Additions to Your Table

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Napkin rings are not only practical, but they also help you create a family tradition, encourage healthy eating habits, and will save you money over the years. But before I fill you in on how, first, you need cloth napkins.

Using cloth napkins versus paper napkins feels more luxurious, and they are better for the environment. Cloth napkins encourage a certain ambiance around eating. They inspire and promote healthy eating habits. When cloth napkins are part of your everyday table setting, they will lure you to the table along with your plate, fork, and knife, versus the temptation to grab a plate of food, and a paper napkin and head to the couch to eat. Or stand at the kitchen counter with or without a napkin.

You’ll spend a few dollars to buy cloth napkins, but they will pay for themselves over the years as they replace the need to buy paper napkins. And what they add to your family’s experience around the table is priceless.

There are many beautiful and inexpensive options for cloth napkins. Look at kitchen stores like Williams Sonoma and at outlet stores. I still use some that I bought at Marshall's almost 30 years ago. You don’t need to bother with ironing them; who has time anyway. Instead, hang dry them after washing. They'll look great.

You can wash them once a week or as needed, but everyone should keep track of their own. So how do you tell whose is whose? Napkin Rings.

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Get a different napkin ring for every family member; you will always know whose is whose. It's fun for children to pick out their napkin rings, and having something special makes coming to the table exciting. Your family's napkin rings can be used for decades and passed on as family treasures.

Most napkin rings are sold in sets, so here are a few places to find single ones at various price points.  

Bed Bath Beyond usually has individual rings on clearance for around $1-$2.

Crate & Barrel has a nice selection at around $5 per napkin ring. When I gift napkins rings, I buy them at Crate & Barrel.

Etsy has some cute, personalized napkin rings.

Bloomingdale’s offers dozens of individual napkin rings and exclusive pieces from different designers. The average price for most is around $15, and I often see 50% off sales from original prices of about $30. There are also some superb choices for more of an investment.

Whatever you decide will create a rich experience at your table. Search online and keep your eyes open at gift shops and craft fairs. Get your cloth napkins first, and use a different colored rubber band or large twist ties until everyone finds their perfect napkin ring.

When your family finds theirs, please send me pictures here. I would love to share them in this post.

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