Sure, we all like to pretend that we're happy, go-lucky types, inviting everyone over for drinks and snacks—maybe pre-gaming, maybe for a birthday party, maybe to find out just what on earth is going on with Jon Snow—but that coffee table didn't just appear one day. No, you chose it. You spent hard-earned money on it. Why sacrifice its gleaming surface to scratches and stains, just so people think you're more insouciant than you actually are?
Fortunately, there is a solution that will both delight your guests and prevent you from looking like a stuffy old person: beautiful coasters! Keep one of these sets close by at all times, and you will never find yourself in a situation where you have to awkwardly remove people's drinks and place them atop a folded napkin or old magazine. No one will complain about having to use one of these gorgeous coasters—if anything, it's a privilege. Sell it just that way.
Below, we've found the prettiest coasters to save your tabletops and encourage social gatherings. Bottoms up (and then, safely, down)!
A set of coasters beautiful enough to frame and hang on your wall, these felt circles are all you need to add a pop of color to your table top.
Rimmed with 24k gold, Kivita Coasters pair nicely with white rugs and glasses of expensive red wine.
These handmade ceramic coasters are the perfect alternative to actual houseplants—all the philodendron goodness without the caretaking stress.
Perhaps the most delicate landing spot for your drink, these unique cotton thread coasters are hand-crocheted in Vietnam.
While most of us may never consider spending anything over $50 on a coaster set, these embossed sharkskin coasters, ringed in brass and covered underneath with suede, are the perfect thing to keep in mind for, say, your wedding registry.
The bright grapefruit design on these is ideal for outdoor summer BBQs—and because we're all about balance, this $4 set will keep your table just as dry as the pricier option above.
More decorative than functional, these cut-out gold dahlias are perfect for evenings with a fancier vibe.
Coasters that double as art? Yes, please. These ceramic plates created by Danish designers Hvass & Hannibal feature a range of colorful tropical plants painted on porcelain.
Let your friends know you don't mess around with your tableware, or tables, by offering up these bamboo ones, crafted from original papercuttings.
Geometric patterns made with a mixture of bone and wood for those who appreciate modern design.
Inspired by the English countryside, these coasters will protect surfaces from spills and scratches with elegance and class.
Perk up your morning coffee with these cheerful metallic sunbursts.
In addition to seafoam, these linen and silicone coasters also come in denim blue, chocolate, and cranberry—all with a beautiful translucent finish.
Simple, hand-painted, white-and-gold circles for the minimalist in you.
Offered in a variety of intricate illustrations, these paper letterpress coasters are almost too pretty to use! Almost.
See a set worthy of a spot on your coffee table? Circle and share with friends!