I can’t quite remember when we fully switched to always using linen napkins three times a day, it simply seems like forever ago.
They add so much civility to mealtime, and they are such an integral part of setting the table. Easy to care for, machine wash and hang over a railing or lay flat to dry (of course they can and often do go in the dryer depending on who’s doing the wash or how careless I might be), I simply fold them in squares and stack them in a drawer until ready to go. When the kids were little, I used to iron everything in sight, now I only iron if it’s a rarified occasion.
They can be reused for the same dining guest over the course of the day by simply folding and placing on the chair until the next go-round, know this sounds kind of not clean but it’s really okay, especially if you are pod living like we’ve been, same dining guests time after time. At the end of the day gather them up and throw them in the wash with that day’s kitchen linens, easy.
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to buy local linens, use them while on location as we are usually in a house rental cooking many of our own meals, and pack them up for home to bring back all the good memories.
Just recently I picked up a blue linen tablecloth and five napkins (odd number, I know, it’s all they had in stock) at The Paris Market at Montage Palmetto Bluff. We were driving back to Buffalo NY from Florida by way of South Carolina, stopping for a few nights to break up the journey. Looking forward to using these out at the country house this summer.
Now my adult children use linen napkins on the daily too, and I couldn’t be happier. One small way to make the day better. Two linen napkin resources I use often: Williams Sonoma and Hudson Grace.