You’d think that napkins are a pretty easy dining accessory. A napkin is a napkin is a napkin, right?
But not all napkins are created equal. It turns out that there are lots of different napkin sizes, depending on the type of occasion. The more formal the event, the larger the appropriate napkin.
As far as cocktail napkins go, 6” x 6” or 6” x 9” are the standard sizes. They’re about the same size as a typical paper napkin that comes in a package from the store. If you’re hosting an event that’s on the more casual side, but you still want it to look put-together and sophisticated, cloth cocktail napkins are the perfect small touch to take it to that level.
When it comes to dinner or formal napkins, the size ranges between 20” x 20” to 24” x 24”. They’re long enough to be folded into elegant shapes if you want to make a statement, and definitely big enough to cover one’s lap. It’s essentially what you would find in a more upscale restaurant.
Regardless of what you need, a set of quality cloth napkins is always a good investment. The less you need to prepare for an event, the better, so it’s nice to know that you can rely on your napkins to do their job and look gorgeous.