People you like, do it. People you don’t like, definitely do it. I don’t. But maybe you do it, too. You ball up your cocktail napkin and leave it on the nearest surface. It could be a granite top, fine teak, oak or mahogany – it doesn’t matter. Litterbugs don’t care. It’s not their party, but they'll do what they want to.
How would you like to be the one who has to pick up that ball of mess? Were you just too busy to tear yourself away from cocktail chatter to find a receptacle for it? Apparently, that was the case the other night at a wonderful book party in a beautiful apartment.
Never hand your used cocktail napkin to a staff member without wrapping it in a clean napkin. If there’s no one to hand it to, find a place to put it in, trash cans are usually found in the kitchen or bathroom. A host shouldn’t have to tell his/her guests what to do with a cocktail napkin. A good guest should know better. Cheers!