Printed napkins are a practical, fun and affordable party accent. They are a fabulous way to set the tone for the affair and bring in a theme or special color. And determining the number of napkins that are needed for your event is very easy. When entertaining, the number of napkins or guest towels needed depends on the type of affair you are hosting. Whether your event is casual or formal, the recommendations below provide a guideline to the number of napkins typically ordered. So, whether you are planning a wedding, bridal shower or cocktail party, or a bar mitzvah, baby shower, or birthday, ordering the correct number of napkins will make your event easy to plan and outstanding to attend.
From black tie Weddings to beautiful Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Award Ceremonies or Corporate Affairs, we recommend that you purchase three to four Beverage Napkins per guest to be used for the cocktail hour and appetizers. If you are having a sweet table, add in one to two extra Beverage Napkins per guest or you can consider Luncheon Napkins for a dessert table. Typically there will be a cloth napkin used for the meal.
For celebrations such as Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Birthdays or Anniversaries,you will need two to three Beverage Napkins per guest to be used for beverages/cocktails and appetizers. If you are having a sweet table and would like to lay out Beverage Napkins for that, add in one to two extra napkins per person. Some like to use Luncheon Napkins for a dessert table and the quantity needed would be the same. If you are providing a sit-down meal, you will one Luncheon, Dinner or Guest Towel size napkin per guest for the meal, unless you are providing cloth napkins.
For these types of events, such as Picnics, Backyard Parties, Pool Parties, Bar-B-Ques or Family Holidays, we suggest ordering two to three Beverage Napkins per guest to be used for beverages and appetizers. If you are having a special dessert table add one extra Beverage Napkin per guest, or you can use a Luncheon Napkin for the dessert table. If serving a meal, you will also need to add one Luncheon Napkin, Dinner Napkin, or Guest Towel per guest, unless you are providing cloth napkins.
For Cocktail Parties, order four or five Beverage Napkins per guest as these affairs usually involve heavy appetizers and drinks throughout the evening. If you are having a dessert table or passed desserts, add one or two extra Beverage Napkins or order one or two Luncheon Napkins per guest. If you are offering a sit-down meal, add one Dinner Napkin or Guest Towel per guest for the meal, unless you are providing cloth napkins.
If you have a private washroom for your event, Guest Towels are typically used in the restrooms. Purchase one to two Guest Towels per guest for the restrooms. You can place more guest towels in the women’s washroom than in the men’s washroom.
If you are offering passed appetizers, request that your servers pass out a napkin each time they serve an appetizer for the kindest service. If you are offering appetizer stations, request that your napkins are available at each station.
Printed napkins are one of our favorite accent for all types of celebrations. They set the tone, they set a theme, and of course, they are very useful!
for selecting the socially correct plural imprint
When names end in...
"o" add "s" - such as The Delanos
"x" add "es" - such as The Foxes
"z" add "es" - such as The Cortezes
"s" add "es" - such as The Joneses
"y" add "s" - such as The Purdys
"ch" add "es" - such as The Burches
"sh" add "es" - such as The Marshes
In many cases the plural form of a name is not desirable.
The word "Family" may be used, such as "The Cortez Family"
or the first names may be used, such as "Bill and Susan Cortez" or "Susan and Bill Cortez"
It's simple to pluralize a name
Wrong: The Smith's Correct: The Smiths
Use of Plurals when showing Possession
if a name ends in...
"o" simply add 's - The Delano's House
"s" simply add an apostrophe - The Jones' House
"x" simply add 's - The Fox's House
"y" simply add 's - The Purdy's House
"z" simply add 's - The Cortez's House
"ch" simply add 's - The Burch's House
"sh" simply add 's - The Marsh's House
There are several ways to properly address an envelope for a judge or other elected official. If you want to use his title, Judge, on the invitation or note card, it is fine to write "Judge John Doe and Mrs. Doe". It is also okay to write "Judge and Mrs. John Doe.
In addition, you can use the term, "The Honorable". Then, you would write either "The Honorable and Mrs. John Doe" or "The Honorable John Doe and Mrs. Doe".
When addressing the envelope for a female judge and her husband, then write "Judge Jane Doe and Mr. John Doe" or "The Honorable Jane Doe and Mr. John Doe".
"The Honorable" can also be used when addressing invitations for elected officials such as city council, mayor, Attorney General of a State, State Representatives, Governor, members of Congress, Ambassadors, and Cabinet Members.
Imprinting Guide for selecting the socially correct imprint using Junior
Commas always preceed "Junior"
Correct: Mr. Bill Cunningham, Junior
Correct: Robert Hall, Jr.
Correct: Robert Hall, Junior
Correct: Mr. Robert Hall, Jr.
Correct: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall, Jr.
Correct: The Robert Halls, Jrs.
Monogram Tip: For a married couple like Julie and Robert Gold you would enter the monogram order as JGR. For a single person or a married man like Brandon Samuel Goodman you would enter monogram as BGS. For a married woman like Fay Jacobs Goldman (Jacobs being her maiden name) you would enter the monogram order as FGJ.
What order do I enter my letters to create a monogram?
A typical three letter monogram would allow for the first name initial on the left, the last name initial in the middle (the larger letter) and the middle name initial or the spouse’s first name initial on the right.
Brittany and James Gold would be BJG (with the J being the larger letter in the middle).
Brittany Lauren Gold would be BGL (with the G being the larger letter in the middle).