The Best Way to Spend $10 at World Market This Week

updated May 1, 2019
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As Thanksgiving approaches, so does the instinct to decorate your dining room table — at least, it does for me. I love getting out my wedding china and the good silverware and thinking of a new way to style everything so that it all looks different from years past. Last year, that meant doing a centerpiece made with greenery from my backyard garden and a mix of brass candlesticks in different shapes. And almost every year, I tweak the color scheme to reflect my favorite hues of the moment.

That’s where my favorite purchase comes in. One of the quickest and least expensive ways to add color to the table is by using colorful table linens. Whether you’re into using a tablecloth, a runner, or just napkins, the right table linens can make old-fashioned dinnerware look less fussy, or can give simple everyday pieces a fancier look.

I usually change up the napkins, and my favorite source is World Market. The store’s line of Buffet Napkins is endlessly versatile: The 100 percent cotton napkins come in more than 25 solid colors, and the offerings change up periodically, so when I head in to get inspired to set my table, I’m always excited by new color introductions that are, of course, totally in season.

At this price ($10 for six!) they’re seriously the best way to spend $10 at World Market. They make great everyday napkins and are still, somehow, nice enough for special occasions. They’re a great buy even if you’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Also, they make thoughtful-yet-inexpensive hostess gifts!

I try not to buy new napkins every year (that would be excessive), but if your table is ready for a refresh, these can be a great starting point. A few times, I’ve gone the traditional route: All-white napkins on a white tablecloth, with a big floral centerpiece. Then for a while, I did a more fun, autumnal setting, mixing orange and yellow napkins and a harvest-inspired runner. Last year, I used the Deep Indigo napkins along with the aforementioned candlesticks and a gold-flecked runner for a more jewel-toned table. And then, of course, I just keep using the napkins after the holiday is over.

Are you as obsessed with these napkins as I am?