Holiday Prep: Dinner Napkins

By Kate Riley November 13, 2017

My go-to holiday table setting is a basic charger (silver or gold) combined with a white plate, then I like to layer a patterned napkin on top to keep it interesting.

This simple arrangement works every time and makes it easy to use basic plates I already have. Like this inspiration, I add a little greenery to the table along with some candles and call it done.





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There’s no need to spend money on themed plates and/or lines for your holiday party, ones you use only once a year. I like to invest in linens that are more versatile and not specific to one single holiday. Cloth napkins that can be repurposed anytime appeal to me more.

Last year I bought napkins made with this lumimarja material, a botanical with gold branches. I didn’t get to use the napkins last year so I plan to this year when I host Thanksgiving. Here are a dozen styles of dinner napkins that would look lovely on your holiday table, and equally nice on any other occasion.



imprint / dyed indigo / gold pine

mod triangle / spotted moyer / canaletto

eflorvescent / sunflower / audrey

pine bough / block print / adeline


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 11, 2017

It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours but I’ve loved every minute of it. Thursday I was whisked away spontaneously to a concert benefiting wildfire victims taking place in San Francisco. Someone had an extra ticket so I hopped on the ferry to the City and watched the sun set over the City skyline as I arrived at the concert venue, it was magical. Last night I got together with a group of some of my best friends for dinner and we went dancing, such fun! It’s been an enjoyable two days living in the moment surrounded by good music and great friends.

I feel blessed to be picking up more design projects too. When it rains it pours. :) Tomorrow I’m meeting with another client and working together on a full home remodel. I’m excited for what’s shaping up for 2018 and the many spaces where I’m lending my expertise.

During the holidays I’m doing my best to say no to anything that complicates my life or isn’t meaningful. I plan on simple decorations and fresh greenery, and I’ll not be killing myself trying to do it all. I delight in rebelling against the pressure to make everything perfect. The past two days reminded me that the most important things are the connections formed with the people you love. I’m not hosting a holiday party but I have plans to gather in several small groups in people’s homes or at the local bistro, toasting in gratitude to the simple pleasures of life.

Favorite links:

Wow, this Minnesota spec home is stunning.

Of course I love this blue and white home tour.

Ideas on how to refresh your space without renovating.

I disagree with this “In” and “Out” trends list, do you?

How to host a crappy dinner party. Oui oui!

Thanks for the insider drywall tips Mandi.

Food items you shouldn’t order at chain restaurants.

 Never retire and other longevity tips.

How deeply Facebook knows who you’ve had contact with.

When your greatest romance is friendship. :)

Best ever used car commercial.

Also note this: Arrow Fastener is giving away $1,000 in cash and 100 tools every week until December 17th. Details here!