Part of the specialness and the holiday feel of these brunches and lunches and dinners comes from the dinnerware we use, and also from quality flatware, and from cloth napkins. A cloth napkin has weight, literally and symbolically. Its heft feels good in your lap, it lends style and substance to your table, and it stands for permanence, heritage, timelessness. I say why not use cloth napkins for every meal? Not only is a cloth napkin a key to gracious living, it's practical, long-lasting, not something to be thrown away at the end of a meal. It's eco-friendly that way! And a perfect tradition to start this Earth Day, for every day.
I like linen for the look and the soft, worn feel it gets after many washings. Consider monogramming to add even more style and create a family heirloom in the process.
Another favorite of mine is a block-printed cotton, and not just limited to Provencal style.