Napkins are necessary for any event where there will be food or drinks, but most people don’t think about using them as napkins and as decor. In fact, most people don’t think about them at all — let alone wonder if they might need to look at a “complete guide” for personalized napkins. If you fit into that category, you could be missing out! Napkins can be so much more than just napkins. Below is information on materials, sizes, and how to personalize the napkins for your next event.
The first step is to decide on a material. Linen napkins are typically regarded as the most formal, but they’re also the most expensive. If you’re looking for a cheaper napkin that also opens up the possibility of adding a personalized design, consider:
- Paper: the cheapest option is paper disposable napkins, which vary in quality depending on the ply-count.
- Linen-like: made from tightly-woven fibers, these thick napkins feel high-quality, but don’t cost as much as linen.
- Masslinn: super-soft paper napkins that feel silky, but are still disposable, but are on the higher end of the price range.
There are different standards for napkin sizes, depending on what you’re using them for. Of course, any napkin can be used at any part of the event, but they’re more effective and efficient if used according to their design. For example, cocktail napkins are the smallest and therefore are typically used for drinks and appetizers. Luncheon and dinner napkins, while different sizes, are interchangeable in terms of practicality, but have traditionally different degrees of formality. If your event is a black tie affair, you’ll want to make sure you have dinner napkins at dinner. Guest towels are actually for the bathroom; they’re essentially extra-soft paper towels that are a little closer in size and shape to a hand towel.
- Cocktail: 5″ x 5″
- Luncheon: 6.5″ x 6.5″
- Dinner: 8.5″ x 8.5″
- Guest towel: 8.25″ x 4.5″
Here’s the difficult part: how do you personalize your napkins? First, decide if you want an image, name or initial, a saying, or a combination.
- Monogram: best used for a wedding. You can pick from the bride and groom’s first initials, their first initials plus new last initial, or last initial. We have a brief guide to monograms here, if you aren’t sure where to start.
- Saying: does your event have a motto? Do the bride and groom have a favorite saying about love? Put it on the napkins!
- Image: if you can’t decide what to write, consider using one of your own pictures instead! This is a fun way to personalize something without having to worry about being witty or creative.
- Game: if you aren’t satisfied with any of the above options, consider putting a personalized game on your napkins. Anything from a word search or crossword puzzle to tic tac toe or bingo will be sure to keep your guests entertained during cocktail hour.
Not sure how many napkins you’ll need for your wedding? Check out this easy guide!
If you are giving out favors at your event, and that favor is food- or drink-related, include a few of these in the favor as well. It’ll be a cute reminder of the night when they open their gift.