As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Thursday, July 1, 2010



I. Love. Them.

It is an illness, I think.

(But a rather pleasant one, if you ask me.)

Then again, it could be genetic, because my mother suffers from the same thing.

Here is a peek at my napkin nook. (Don't laugh.)

And here they are all spread out. These are my spring/summer/general napkins.

Of course, my collection of Christmas napkins, and my wonderful collection of fall napkins are in storage boxes in my attic. And there are a few packages hiding out in my laundry room...

But you need to be well-prepared with such things. You never know when you're going to need lovely napkins to go along with coffee...or dessert...or a party...or a family celebration.

These sheep napkins were a stocking stuffer from Ron...and matched the table runner that Ryan and Sarah gave me! (I think they know me well.)

I keep a stack in a basket by my coffee pot.

Sometimes the napkins inspire the table setting, as did these beautiful toile napkins that Mom chose for Mother's Day.

And sometimes the napkins are chosen to go along with a specific theme, as these bandana napkins that Bekah helped me select to complement this Father's Day's western theme...

...or these florals which were carefully selected to set a beautiful table for Bekah's American Girl birthday tea party...

... and Kati chose these gorgeous fan-shaped napkins for her Jane Austen-themed birthday dinner party.

Even Sunday afternoon dessert tastes better when you can wipe your fingers or blot your lips with a cheerful napkin.

I swoon at beautiful tables. If Ye Olde Farmhouse had more storage, I'd probably collect dishes. But napkins are easy to store, they add color to a table set with basic white dishes, and they really don't cost a lot! What's not to love?

I collect cotton and linen napkins too, but they cost more for the number that I want (family celebrations can have anywhere from ten to twenty people), and require more space to store.

So there's my confession. Now you know.


  1. I can see myself do that when I have my own house!

  2. My mother-in-law loves paper napkins as well. I saw the idea of buying a years worth of holiday paper napkins plus some general occassion napkins and presenting them as a Christmas or birthday gift. I think I might start looking after holidays to purchase them on sale and save up a years worth to give her for next Christmas.

  3. What a fun posting, Cheryl. When my mother was still living, I would always buy a lot of paper plate and napkin sets to use whenever she visited me, because that was the main time I would actually set a pretty table. I am very drawn to paper napkins, too, but I don't buy them as often as I used to, just because I find myself not using them since I don't do much entertaining. But it's kind of nice to know these little things about our friends, on those occasions when a little gift is being considered (smile).

  4. HI Cheryl! My Mom loves napkins too, and has some of those very designs in her stash! She always has the solution when it's five minutes before a party and I forgot to even think about making things pretty! Thank heavens she lives just next door!

    "Form and Function" me stresses if they're out of plain white napkins or paper towels at the grocery store! I did however buy hundreds of watermelon napkins for Kate's graduation party, because they were a good deal... they've been used for every 4th of July and summer birthday ever since.

  5. I love your collection and the fact of your having a collection of napkins, Cheryl. And seeing that Kati may well follow this tradition, making for three generations is super neat.


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