Forgive the terrible photo. I’m enamoured of my new round placemats. They are, unfortunately, only luncheon sized at 9″ in diameter, but I don’t think anyone will twig to that during a dinner. And you won’t mention it, will you?
I didn’t buy the matching coasters. Most of our glasses are stemware during a dinner party. I’ve never taken to the water-glass on the table custom, preferring goblets if we must serve water at all. Besides, as The Architect has pointed out, the sooner we scratch the new table, the more relaxed dinners will be. Sort of like having a new car. Or throwing a new suit or hat against the wall to knock the hanger out of it, as Fred Astaire is purported to have done. The easy and elegant life is the goal, remember.
The round placemats just seem right on a rectangular table. Like mixing dots and stripes on your ties and shirts. Up to now, I’ve only used linen rectangles, or round chargers (which are never made in a nicer material — some are metal, some plastic, I even have some plaster ones) in white, gold or silver, aside from a marvelous orange linen and white lace that compliments my Kutani Crane pattern plates. I like the masculine black against the aged walnut of the table. It feels solid and not as fussy as lace, for example.
Do you use placemats? I so what kind? And if not, do you prefer a tablecloth?