It's inevitable, right? At some point, condensation - or worse, spillage - is going to happen around a glass while you're entertaining this holiday season. Thanks to the Martha Era, the population generally knows to avoid those tacky rubber coasters that double as an advertisement for [insert beer or other alcoholic beverage company here], so what's a host or hostess to do?
Fortunately for us all, many letterpress inks (which are generally made of oil or rubber) are waterproof and more and more indie paper goods companies are designing coasters, so it's easy to accent your decor with a little bit of your favorite designer this year. Here are my picks!
Greer VH1 Limited Edition Coasters: beautiful graphic designs with an aqua blue to bring out the season, but are also good for any time! If you thought it can't get any better, you're in for a surprise: twenty percent of the proceeds from each sale goes to support VH1's Save the Music program, putting music education back into public schools. $8.50 for a set of 8.
Femme Fatale Coaster by Magic Jelly: perfect for your holiday party with the girls, and, with the opportunity to mix and match these coasters with a variety of other designs, they can make for a fun and unique way to add some quirkiness to your festivities. Consider using these coasters in the place of wine charms or Sharpie-written names to help guests distinguish which cup is theirs.$6.00 each, or 4 for $20.
Snowflake Coasters by Green Chair Press: between the letterpress "hit" and the silver ink, this coaster was easily on its way to add elegance and classic flair to any party. The design adds festivity into the mix, making it the perfect compliment to any tabletop with a silver theme. Consider using aqua and red accents into the mix to add pop and let these guys become a subtle, sophisticated part of your table. $10 for a set of 8.
Two Red Deer Coasters by Papered Together: I love these adorable coasters, and I love the fact that it appears like they're two male deer kissing. Between the cocktails and the champagne, I'd put out a prize for the first one to notice at the party! $10 for a set of 8.