Use Fingertip Towels Instead of Paper Napkins
Purchase terry cloth finger tip towels in different colors to use as every day napkins. I did this when our kids still lived at home and am still using them. At first I sewed different appliques on each so that each time they were used we knew which one belonged to whom. They got reused until soiled and then washed. They were kept in a decorative basket on the table or nearby. When we had family as house guests, we decorated and labeled clothespins and clipped them onto each one's napkin. I've saved quite a bit over the years on napkins. Sometimes I was fortunate enough to find them on clearance and often found colors to match dishes or placemats.
They can be packed along with picnic supplies too.
Source: Years ago I learned of this idea from a friend of my mother.
By Shelly from Spring Hill, KS
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