Saturday, September 8, 2012

Napkin Rings I Have Known and Loved

Whew!  The end of the summer and the start of a new semester on campus have kept me hopping! I haven't been able to get around to visit all my tablescaping sisters in Blogland, and I've missed y'all!  We are gearing up to host a large group of faculty and graduate students from my husband's department, so this post is featuring some of my favorite napkin rings from tables past.  (Click on the captions if you'd like to visit the original posts.)

I have to start with my very favorite ones, the clear Lucite ones my daughter gave me for Christmas.  They have a small opening for flowers and hold water to keep them fresh.  The napkin rings are from Color, a wonderful gift and home store in Nashville.  Color doesn't sell online, but that's probably a good thing, or I'd have to get a second job to pay for all my purchases!  I do visit the store whenever I'm in town to see my sister and her family.  They still had these in stock when I visited this summer, so you might call to see if they'd ship some to you!  You can also find them on Facebook -- search for "Color LiveBeautifully".

I first pressed these napkin rings into service the very morning I opened them! My Christmas centerpiece featured evergreens and white mums, so I used a mum and a rosemary sprig from the backyard in each napkin ring.  The ruffly silver placemats are also from Color (via my daughter!).
Christmas, 2010
I used these special rings again for a Presidents' Day table in February.  Adding a red carnation to each ring gave me the patriotic color scheme I was going for with my otherwise blue and white table.
Presidents' Day, 2011
The following month, it was time for bluebonnets, so I pulled the rings out again to show off the Texas state flower.
March, 2011
A few months later, I wanted to try a new color scheme, but didn't have much tableware in that color.  So, I used these napkin rings again with flowers in the desired color.
July, 2011
Here's yet another time I used these napkin rings, this time holding yellow daisy mums.
January, 2012
This year for my Easter table, the napkin rings held deep pink carnations.  By the way, those darling nests and the placemats are also from Color, this time a gift from my sister.  I'm telling you, it's a fun store!
Easter 2012
In July of this year, I visited Color again and set this table with my new goodies -- the wonderful twig placemats you can see a bit of and the lime green hemstitched napkins -- and added the napkin rings with yellow roses and sprigs of rosemary.
July, 2012
Okay, you've seen quite a few versions of that napkin ring -- it would be fun to find things other than flowers to put in the opening -- maybe little marshmallow ghosts on toothpicks for a festive Halloween table?

I have a few other napkin rings to show you, though!  Not long after I began blogging, I found these pretty mum napkin rings in Pier 1.  I thought they were perfect for my Elizabeth dishes, also from Pier 1. I noticed the napkin rings are still in stock, if you "need" some.
September, 2010
I won a set of four darling teaset napkin rings in a blog giveaway from Debbie of Mountain Breaths, and I enjoyed setting a table to show them off.  Thanks again, Debbie!
May, 2011
My Nashville sister has given me the next two sets of napkin rings.  These cute red and white felt birds are from World Market.
February, 2012
This spring, she gave me these gorgeous hydrangea napkin rings, as well as the robin's egg blue placemats and napkins -- again from Color!
June 2012
One more new addition to my collection was a set of sassy polka-dot roosters from Sur la Table.  As soon as I saw them, I knew they were coming home with me.
May 2012
I also have some cute Christmas napkin rings, but I'll save those for another post!  Thanks for visiting me!  I will be linking to Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, so be sure to visit those blog parties, too!


  1. Hi Tricia,

    It's nice to see you back! These are all such pretty tables! I, too, love napkin rings, but I haven't found so many pretty one as you have. The ones for holding a flower are certainly the most versatile, yes? I also love the red and white bird and the polka dot rooster. We have a Sur la Table near us; I'll have to look more carefully at their napkin rings in the future. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. I love this. I've actually been working on a post on napkin rings too. Love your lucite ones that hold the flowers. Could you add those little cup cake decor toppers or perhaps a feather. I'm sure you will come up with some creative ideas.
    All the best for your upcoming party. Take photos!
    ~ Sarah

  3. Hi Tricia, A Sur la Table store is opening soon near us, and I can see I will be in trouble if they carry cute things like those napkin rings. Love your lucite ones! They provide just the perfect finishing accent. Linda

  4. Hi Tricia, hope all is well with you and yours.
    I'm to far away from any of those stores that carry such beautiful things, even so I get into trouble with the stores around here, lol.. You napkin rings are to love them all! Very pretty, but my fav are the clear ones that can also double as a flower special! Have a blessed Sunday.

  5. Hi -- been wondering where you were! I still think those glass "vase" ones are the coolest thing I have ever seen, and if I make it back to Nashville in the future, I am going to check out that shop.

    Right now I have my blog hidden because of excessive spam. I am trying to decide what to do about it.

  6. Nothing dull about your tablescapes! I love the creative ways you used your napkin rings.


  7. All beautiful napkin rings, but you really get the most mileage out of the ones your daughter gave you. Their versatility is fantastic! You're right...I think I might just "need" some of those mum ones from Pier 1! :-)

  8. Nice collection of napkin favorite is also the acrylic one, although I really like the little pink mum one!

  9. OOh you have some beauties there! The flower vase ones have to be a favorite of mine too. They always look different depending on what flower is in there. But they are all just precious. Especially how you provided the best backdrop for each one.. xo marlis

  10. Tricia, all your tables are beautiful, as always, except for one. You know which element I'm talking about!
    Denise, Pier I has great napkin rings and when they go on sale they're not expensive.

  11. What a great collection of cute napkins, Tricia. I like each and everyone of them. The lucite ones are so versatile. Color is a store that would appeal to me for sure...Christine


  12. Hello Tricia....thank you for stopping by and for your comments.your table look awesome...napkins and the rings go well with each other and i liked your blue set napkin ring a lot.thx.

  13. Tricia, I always love to see your table designs and your blog postings! I reaaly like your lucite napkin rings with the place for flowers for they are so versatile. Your cute rooster ones are great with the china. The pink flowers really do match your Elizabeth dishes! Thanks for visiting my blog and posting the lovely comments and I know you will have a successful event!

    Thanks, Pam

  14. Love your napkin rings, I'm always looking for new napkin rings, I have even been toying with the idea of making my own.

  15. Tricia, What a pretty collection of napkin rings... and your napkins are just as stunning as the napkin rings. You have set so many really lovely tables. Thanks for showing the Lucite napkin rings. I have been looking for 8 of those. Very inspirational!

  16. What a fun and pretty collection of napkin rings! And seeing all your tablesetting was so lovely!

  17. Every table is just beautiful! I couldn't pick a favorite.
    What a great collection of napkin rings! I am addicted to them, add it to the list of addictions!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish, good to have you back!