Good Question: Green Alternative to Cocktail Napkins?

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We’re actually asking this question:

This weekend we’ll be hosting a cocktail party and we’re on the fence about what to do about cocktail napkins, or any paper product for that matter. We have enough reusable plates, glasses (yes they may be mismatched but it works), and utensils. But, we have absolutely no kitchen paper products in our house – only enough dishtowels and fabric napkins to get us by. We could host a dinner, but not a party, with what we already own.

So, the way we see it, there are a few options:

  • Forgo extra napkins – paper or fabric. Use what we have, and if that’s not enough assume that our guests will survive without.
  • Buy inexpensive fabric napkins. The problem with this is that after the party we’ll be left with more napkins than we can use nor have the space for.
  • Compromise and buy recycled content paper napkins. Seventh Generation makes 100% recycled unbleached napkins – they’re a disposable product but they’ll satisfy our need for the party and won’t take up an extra space afterwards.

We need your help – what would you do? Do you have any tips on how you’ve hosted your parties?

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