With Christmas comes food…lots and lots of food. Between baking Christmas treats, enjoying holiday parties and of course, Christmas dinner, eating is almost as much of a Christmas tradition as leaving cookies out for Santa, or reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. If you are planning on hosting a lot of people at your house over the Christmas season, Christmas napkins are must-have. While disposable napkins may seem easier, you have to re-buy them every year, and the quality and feel of the napkin is nowhere near the same. A cloth napkin is durable and washes well, and it adds the perfect festive touch to your dining room table.
Whether you like to host a formal Christmas dinner with family or you prefer to be more casual, there are multiple Christmas napkin patterns and fabrics to choose from. If you already have intricate Christmas placemats or dinnerware, a more simple Christmas napkin is the way to go. If your tablescape is looking kind of “blah,” a fun Christmas pattern napkin that features snowmen or reindeer is an easy way to dress up your table. For those who prefer a low-maintenance, crisp napkin, polyester fabrics are a good choice. If you want a napkin that’s on the softer side (and you don’t mind a little ironing), cotton is your best option. And for those who really want to elevate the look of your table, add some Christmas place cards to assign seats for your guests, or label food dishes.
Read on for our round-up of the best Christmas napkins, listed in no particular order.
1. DII Christmas Collage Metallic Napkin Set
This pretty set of six Christmas napkins has an off-white background and a collage of Christmas-themed words written in a metallic print. The napkins are 20 inches by 20 inches, and the square size makes it easy to fold the napkins in unique ways. Made with 100% cotton, the napkins are machine washable, but may require a little ironing (or, just take them out of the dryer while they’re still a little wet and lay them flat). The metallic print is available in both gold and silver, and both colors add the perfect amount of sparkle to a Christmas table.
Price: $20.69 (10 percent off MSRP)
2. Maison d’ Hermine Cozy Christmas Napkins
Designed in Europe, these Christmas napkins are on the elegant side but still bring a touch of holiday flair to the dinner table. The light grey napkin has a white snowflake trim, a white band on the inside of the trim that has reindeer and Christmas trees, and the very middle of the napkin has a large white snowflake. Because the napkin is so subtle in color, it would pair well with tablescapes that have softer tones and minimal decor. The napkins come in a set of four, and each napkin is 20 inches by 20 inches and is made from 100% cotton.
3. Benson Mills Christmas Ribbon Napkins
If you love to decorate with reds, greens, and golds, this napkin set will be the perfect complement to your decor. With a shiny ivory background and a trim of greenery and red Christmas ribbon, the napkins are easy to match with a variety of Christmas decorations, plates, and table cloths. The set of four napkins are made with 55% cotton and 45% polyester, so they are a little on the crisper side which is nice if you want to fold them in a way that they will stand up on your table. The polyester material also helps protect against stains and wrinkles, which means less maintenance and cleaning for you. Five table cloth sizes as well as a matching table runner are also available (same link below), so you can outfit your entire table.
4. Balsam & Fir Trading Co. Christmas Dinner Napkins
Large floral patterns are all the rage right now, and this Christmas napkin pattern plays off of that with large greenery and holly berries printed all over the napkin. Made with 100% cotton, these 19 inches by 19 inches square napkins come in a set of 12, which provides you with a lot of options. Six of the napkins are solid colored and six are printed, so you can mix and match across your table. Or, if you’re hosting smaller parties, you could use six for one meal, and six for another. The white, green, and red coloring of the napkins makes it easy to match with all types of Christmas decor, and the patterned napkins make a great accent piece on your table.
5. Lenox Holiday Nouveau Napkins
Lenox is known for providing great quality Christmas linens. This set of four napkins is no different, as it has an ivory jacquard damask pattern and is made from 58 percent cotton and 42 percent polyester. There is a pretty red ribbon shaped in a circular pattern in the middle of the napkin, so the napkin looks beautiful both folded up and stretched out on your lap. The polyester in the napkin provides a crisper feel, but it’s still soft enough to wipe your hands and face on. Pair this napkin set with the matching Lenox Holiday Nouveau placemats to create a cohesive look on your dining table.
Price: $19.99 (50 percent off MSRP)
6. DII Christmas Holiday Trees Napkin Set
Between Christmas placemats, table runners, and centerpieces, sometimes it can seem like your table has too much going on. This napkin set is a good addition if you need to tone down your decor, as it’s a solid color with a damask Christmas tree pattern. You can choose between green and ivory for the colors, which can help off-set the explosion of red that tends to happen at Christmas time. The napkins are made with a polyester/cotton blend, so they are the perfect mix of soft for wiping your hands, and crisp for folding and holding up in the wash. And since the napkins are on the simpler side, you could add a napkin ring to help dress them up. The set of six napkins is just under $11 for the green and $8 for the ivory, so it’s a total steal and an inexpensive way to add Christmas napkins to your holiday table.
Price: $7.99 for ivory, $10.99 for green
7. Newbridge Metallic Snowflake Christmas Napkins
This set of eight napkins has a pretty metallic sheen that adds just the right amount of shimmer to your table. Available in white/silver or ivory/gold, it’s easy to give your table a refresh while still matching your existing Christmas decor. Made with 100% polyester, the napkins are machine washable and require little to no ironing. The square napkins are a tiny bit smaller than most cloth napkins as they are 17 inches by 17 inches, but still plenty big enough to keep your face and hands clean.
8. DII Holiday Plaid Christmas Napkins
While plaid doesn’t always fly with decorations, it totally works during Christmastime. These Christmas napkins are red and green plaid, so they tie in well with classic Christmas decor while also providing a break from all the snowflakes, reindeer, and trees. This set comes with six napkins, and each is made with 100% cotton and measures at 20 inches by 20 inches. Matching table cloths are also available in four different sizes (found at the same link below).
9. Spode Christmas Tree Cloth Napkins
Calling all Spode lovers – these cloth napkins have the iconic Spode Christmas tree pattern printed on an ivory background. Made with 58% cotton and 42% polyester, the napkins have a nice blend of both softness and crispness, making them the perfect dinner napkin. The napkins come in a set of four, and each one is at 20 inches by 20 inches so they’re nice and big. These napkins make a great gift item, and they look wonderful paired with Spode dinnerware and Spode glasses.
10. Heaps Handworks Christmas Reindeer Cotton Napkins
If you’re looking for something a little more modern, these handmade Christmas napkins have an artsy vibe that will add the perfect amount of cool to any table. Made with 100% cotton, the napkins are 20 inches by 20 inches and come in a set of four. The design is hand drawn and then screen printed on the napkin, and it features a reindeer wearing a scarf. There are nine color choices available, including holly green and cherry red. The ink is color fast, so you won’t have to worry about the color running on to the white background when thrown in the wash. Keep in mind that because these napkins are handmade, you may need to allow four or five days for them to be created before they are shipped.