I've thought back on my last pre-lockdown party too often. Talking to strangers (closely, indoors, exchanging friendly droplets without thinking about it); accepting a bite of someone's pesto- smeared crostini; walking around with a drink (that someone else made for me!) with zero care that I might have, at some point, switched glasses with the host.
That kind of close gathering may take a long time to return. But when cocktail parties do come back, in whatever form, I'd like to be ready. And that means cocktail napkins. I've had my eye on a few sets from Atelier Saucier since Eunice Byun—founder of the thoughtfully made, high- performing kitchen line Material—clued me into them.
Atelier Saucier is based in Los Angeles and founded by best friends Nikki Reed and Staci Inspektor, who previously worked in the food and fashion industries, respectively. The line's placemats, napkins, and tea towels are all made from reclaimed fabrics.
Cocktail napkins usually fall into two opposing categories: stuffy and formal or throw-away paper. But these pipe-edged linens feel both playful and celebratory; they're not the kind of cocktail napkin that conjures images of a '90s cocktail party, complete with passed prosciutto wrapped melon canapés.
These little napkins are casual enough to use at home on any weeknight or to hand out with drinks served outside. And while they come in matching sets, they look equally good mismatched. A handful of soft pinks and a handful of chambray look right at home on a table together. My personal favorites, though, are a quirky new multicolor-trimmed white burlap set called Rainbow Sky: Choose from napkins edged in a melange of sherbet threads, or soft blues, or a funky purple and tangerine combo that reminds me of original Patagonia jackets—or a vibrant sunset.
What I'm really craving is a wild, people-packed party. But for now, I'll settle for any gathering, drink in hand, Atelier Saucier napkin beneath it.
$32.00, Atelier Saucier
$28.00, Atelier Saucier
Originally Appeared on Epicurious