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Guest Picks: Tea Towel Mania
Drying the dishes is far more fun with one of these clever, cute or just plain pretty tea towels
Sometimes it's the smallest details — like cheerful tea towels — that make the biggest difference when making a kitchen feel cozy and inviting. Tea towels are deceptively versatile linens, useful for more than just wiping up spills. Dress up a bottle of wine with a tea towel wrapped around its middle, for instance, or use a tea towel as gift wrap and make it an eco-friendly part of your gift. You can even chill a bottle of white wine in about 30 minutes by wrapping it in a damp tea towel and placing it in the freezer — just don't forget it's in there! Here's a collection of splurge-worthy tea towels to suit any personality. — Kathryne from Cookie and Kate
Lattice Tea Towel - $25
This bold, bright tea towel with a geometric print by Avril Loreti would be a terrific hostess gift for a neon-loving friend.
If You Wash, I'll Dry Dishtowel - $18
This colorful, clever tea towel would be a perfect gift for a roommate who has a sense of humor.
Ebony Kettle Tea Towel - $20
This Thomas Paul towel is a tea towel times two! I love the whimsical, black and white design and the piped edges.
French Stripe Tea Towel, Slate - $20
I adore this French Stripe Tea Towel in slate. It's an absolute classic, and I believe wholeheartedly in the phrase printed along the bottom: "Tout est mieux avec des rayures" — or, "Everything is better with stripes."
Marimekko Pieni Unikko Red Dishtowels - $36
Here's a set of two predominantly red, printed tea towels from Crate & Barrel. This popular poppy print from Marimekko would add a bold splash of color to any kitchen.
Handy Kitchen Conversion Chart Tea Towel by Knife in the Water - $18
This tea towel makes itself useful by providing a quick conversion chart.
Why Yellow Gorgeous Yellow Flour Sack Towel by B.Haven - $10
Why, thank you! I can imagine that this sunny, cheerful tea towel would make me smile every time I enter my kitchen.
Linen Tea Towel, Chalk Filigree on Unbleached Linen by Flower Press - $15
This beautiful linen towel is printed with a delicate and pretty floral design. It's sophisticated without being fussy, and it would make a great gift.
ELLY Dish Towel - $3.49
These are classic blue striped tea towels. You can't beat the price, and they're very pretty in real life. I use them in food photos all the time.
Phrase Tea Towels, "Clean Up Your Act" - $9
West Elm's tea towel seems demanding at first glance, but I love the irony. I might have to buy one, just to serve as a reminder to clean up after myself!
Ink Blot Tea Towel - $26
For your more cerebral friend, here's a Rorschach-inspired tea towel in black and white.
Tomato Tea Towel - $12
This is a cheerful and bright tea towel by Uzyel Karp and Diego Beauroyre.
Linen Tea Towel, Tea On The Go by Slide Sideways - $18
This cute tea towel by Slide Sideways would look at home in a sunny, retro kitchen.
Kauniste Laululinnut Tea Towel, Blue Birds - CAD 24
This beautiful hand-printed tea towel is covered with whimsical blue animals.
Tea Towels, Box - $32
This set of two bright, grid-patterned tea towels would be a great housewarming gift for a modern art lover.
Dot Dot Dot, Organic Cotton Tea Towel by Oelwein - EUR 16
This cheerful, understated black and white tea towel features a smattering of dots across the top half.
Paper Towels Are For Lint Lovers, Red Flour Sack Towel by B.Haven - $10
This silly red tea towel is just too cute. I love the striping at the bottom and the cheeky message.
Twill Stripe Tea Towel - GBP 12.50
This tea towel with blue stripes is totally classic. It would be very pretty wrapped around a bottle of white wine in the summer.