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September 22, 2014

Lisa Mykleby, Muffin Dodd and Maureen Turner are best friends. They also share an interest in entertaining, home design and table settings. The women felt a company that combined their various business talents and keen design sense couldn’t miss. Two years ago, they started Plat du Jour.

The company: Founded in Beaufort, SC, the company offers paper placements by the pad, cocktail napkins and plastic party cups for entertaining or everyday dining.

The name: Inspired by the French bistro phrase, plat du jour or “plate of the day.”

Design inspiration: Varies. The crane design was derived from a photo Lisa took at the San Francisco Zoo. The bohemian cypress design was culled from a scrap of vintage trim that Muffin found.

The goods: Printed in Atlanta, paper placements feature modern and iconic designs. Depending on the design, a pad of 50 placements is $30 to $32. Also three-ply cocktail napkins ($8 for 24 napkins) and 16-ounce tumblers ($30 for 12).

Best sellers: The whale tail design (below) and the number (1-12) placemats (above), which also can serve as table numbers. The turkey design (below) is a favorite for Thanksgiving.

Big break: The Museum of Modern Art in New York carries the grass patterned placemats and cocktail napkins in its retail shops. House Beautiful magazine featured the paper placemats (the chinoiserie pattern) in its July/August issue
Fun request: Created a custom placemat pattern for a ski resort, using its trail map as the design.

What’s new: A bold key pattern and luxe box of assorted placemats for the holidays.

Where to buy:



untitled (603 of 883) copy


Whale tale



One Comment
  1. Love these! Ordering the turkeys! We are hosting thanksgiving at the beach this year and these will be perfect -thanks Linda for another fantastic “southern find!”

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