Happy Monday and welcome to the second installment of "Let me entertain you," a new series of weekly posts that I’ll be running throughout this epically festive — and epically food-heavy — time of year. The topic? Holiday entertaining and the paraphernalia needed to make your gathering — whether it’s a traditional Turkey Day dinner with the extended family, a booze-heavy winter solstice shindig, or an intimate Christmahanakwanzaka brunch amongst friends — go off without a hitch. Naturally, the emphasis is on products that boast one or all of the following eco-friendly attributes: a. handmade b. made from sustainable or recycled materials c. domestically manufactured or d. durable/made-to-last so in that they’ll be used not just this holiday season for many more holiday seasons to come. 

After last week's post on trays and serveware of all shapes on sizes, today I'm focusing on handmade/eco-friendly napkins and placemats of the reusable variety. Plus, I'm including a compostable bib for spill-prone eaters who may need a bit of additional help in the mess-containment department. Although ideal for holiday fêtes large and small (because nothing says Christmas like leg lamp napkins), these items can also be used year-round to help you save money and prevent landfill-clogging paper waste.    

Screen Printed Organic Cotton Leg Lamp Napkins @ Oh Little Rabbit's Etsy Shop ($20)

Handwoven Wool Placemats @ Amenity Home ($29)

Wine Ring Cocktail Napkins by Avril Loreti @ Supermarket ($26/set of 4)

Organic Linen Napkins Scandinavian Birds - Holiday @ Madder Root's Etsy shop ($36/set of 4)

Stag Cotton Napkins by Branch Homemade @ Supermarket ($24/set of 4)

Water & Wine Placemats @ Uncommon Goods ($40/ set of 4)

Perforated Roll of Napkins and Placemats by Mydrap @ A+R Store ($25 - 38)

Napkins with Ties @ Branch ($38/set of 4)

Yarn Dyed Organic Napkins @ West Elm ($12/set of 4)

Animal Bibs by Cocoboheme @ A+R Store ($22)

Tree Bomb Cork Dinner Mats @ Ferm Living ($29.95/set of 2)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Let me entertain you: Napkins and placemats
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