Inevitably, whenever I have a family dinner at my house (and by family I mean my husband, son, mom, sister and brother-in-law), my mom ends up setting the table. Family dinners are common weekly affairs, so they are casual. I don’t usually have the table pre-set. It’s not a time to break out the “good china.” I cook while the family settles in and my mom, who always is there to help, will lay out the plates, the silverware, the glassware, and then she’ll ask, without fail, all innocently and sweetly, “should we just use paper towels for napkins?” Say what?
Ok, so I’m not exactly Martha Stewart. But come on already! No longer in a college dorm, I actually have paper napkins. Yep, use ’em once, and toss them out. No, I have not graduated to fine linens for everyday use. I do not need the extra laundry or ironing. I do realize that is the “green” option. We can all only be so green. So, the last time she asked this, I almost (mind you I said almost) retorted with some kind of sarcastic remark about always having napkins. Until I realized we only had two napkins left, and yes, we had to use paper towels. Oh dear me.
Never again. Yeah, never say never. But, I will say not for a very long time. Why, you ask? Because I discovered fancynap.com. I’m ordering a 100-count box of pre-folded, fancy-pants paper napkins that look like restaurant-quality, folded napkin art. Only I didn’t have to take the origami class. Did I mention that it’s biodegradable paper?
They come in various color options and two styles to suit your table setting needs. Oh, and you don’t have to order a caterer’s quantity. They come in modest 12-packs too, starting at $6.
P.S. If you’re a paper-towel-for napkin-using-family, I’m not here to judge. Promise. I’ll dine at your home anytime, and even set the table too.