Don't be afraid of the napkins.

When Corey and I first were married, I was incredibly worried about our table linens. I wanted to use them, but I didn't actually want to USE them. I was afraid that we would get them dirty with something that wouldn't come out. 

Since then I've learned that Corey is extremely patient with getting stains out of the laundry (yes, he does our laundry, and yes, I know how lucky I am!) and that the napkins, placemats, and tablecloths aren't quite as fragile as I had thought. 

When it comes to setting the table for friends, company, or a special occasion I find table linens to be integral in setting the mood. You can't quite have a fancy dinner party and give your guests paper towels, you know what I mean? 

I've got a full set of white napkins from Crate and Barrel (you can find them here,) but have also thrifted some, sewn some, and purchased some from Amazon and West Elm. I like to have a nice bright white set (bleach can be a lifesaver) along with some special occasions, and a hodge podge of everyday ones that don't all have to match. 

Here are some of my favorites that are out there right now. 

These handmade "make it count" wishbones are perfect for Friendsgiving. You can find them here.

A nice, simple black and white cotton check means these napkins are affordable and versatile. With this sort of check being quite popular currently, these napkins are sure to earn you a few style points. You can get them here!

These are truly fantastic. The set says "elbows off the table" "chew with your mouth shut" "please and thank you" and "don't reach across the table." My husband's remarks? "Those were made for you." What do I say? So what? My grandma told me if I developed impeccable manners by second grade we could have tea with the Queen of England. It was definitely a lie, but by the time I realized that good manners were already ingrained! Now I'm working on teaching my husband. Don't tell him I told you. Buy them here

These gold dots are happy, festive, laid back, bright and cheery. These are my top pick for napkins (and a matching tablecloth in round or rectangular) to take you from Thanksgiving to Christmas, New Years, even Easter, and most definitely birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers etc. Gold polka dots match everything! Get them here.

Nesting dolls. They are adorable, and somehow read "festive." They work for Christmas, birthdays, and any other occasion that needs a little pizazz! Buy these hand screen printed napkins here.

If you are hosting for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or planning on having friends over during the holiday season, make sure to use the nice napkins. They'll notice!