|Lounge Lizard cocktail napkin, bought at Crate & Barrel in San Francisco.|
I'm not sure what the history is of the 'cocktail napkin' but I can say that I have become quite addicted to them in recent years. There is something very appealing about their 'smaller' size and you can have some very cute and playful graphics on them seeing they are just going under a cocktail glass!
|Marimekko Cocktail Napkin, purchased at Marimekko NYC.|
I guess I like using them as I never really have 'coasters' at home. The thought of constantly wiping sticky coasters drives me crazy. At least with a paper napkin as a coaster, you can throw it out at the end of the night, meaning that you can buy new cute ones to use. I sometimes theme my cocktail napkins too, depending on the evening. Something that is a bit cheeky and funny is used for friends over a few drinks. Something more elegant is used during a dinner party - you get the drift!
|Marimekko cocktail napkin, purchased in Melbourne.|
I think I started to love the idea of cocktail napkins after my initial trips to the USA. I saw that bartenders didn't seem to hand out the thick cardboard coasters that we are used to in pubs here in Australia, but rather a simple paper napkin to mop up the condensation from a drink. If you had to leave your drink for a minute or two but didn't want the bus boy to take it, you would drape the cocktail napkin on top as a sign of "don't take my drink!" It seems quite civilized really.