Large families like mine tend to go through a lot of napkins at mealtime. A few years ago I got fed up with spending $8-10 on paper napkins every month and decided instead to use washcloths. Several packets of the cheapo Wal-Mart wash-clothes later, we were in business.
For awhile we used one napkin/day/person, setting used napkins on chairs between meals. But when the vacuum-person moved chairs, things sometimes got shuffled. I got tired of finding a kid-messed napkin at my place, and decided fresh napkins each meal were the better way to go. But that made for a lot of napkin-washing, often of clean napkins. Recently I decided that a container of napkins in the center of the table was the way to go. That way messy folks could grab a napkin, and the rest would stay clean in the container til they were needed.
I spotted a cute little washtub- style tin at a thrift store that was big enough for 15 or so napkins, and realized it would be great for the purpose. When my 16 year old daughter got done rolling napkins and filling it up, I thought the arrangement looked a lot like a bouquet. Wish I’d thought of this solution sooner!
If you don’t happen to have a cute tin, I think a wicker basket or a variety of other similar-size containers would work equally well. One additional benefit of wash-clothes napkins– they’re big enough to double as towels when mopping up the inevitable milk spills at mealtime.Pin It