Drink Coasters - More Interesting Than You Thought

Coasters are often overlooked as a valuable addition to a social gathering. However, beverage coasters are so much more than simply furniture protectors.  They can add an element of interest to a dinner party, make for great conversation, and allow your guests permission to set their drinks down. So how did this simple, yet very functional idea of the drink coaster come about?

The Earliest Coasters

The earliest form of coasters were created in the 19th century in European pubs.  They were typically made of felt and their original purpose was to cover the drink to protect it from bugs and dirt.  Around 1880, a German printing company developed the first cardboard coaster, calling it a “beermat”. This caught on (as did the idea of setting drinks on top of the coasters) and soon other companies were creating coasters. Many began utilizing the coaster surface for advertising space. 

By the 1950s coasters could be found in homes across America.  These modern coasters have come a long way since the original ones.  While you can still find collectible cardboard coasters at various pubs and breweries, the home version of coasters is a little different.  They come in all shapes and sizes, from classy to quirky.

Why Use a Coaster?

The benefit of using a beverage coaster extends beyond protecting your furniture.  However, if you’ve spent a small fortune on the pieces in your home, you will want to protect them when you entertain.  By offering your guests coasters, it also puts their minds at ease about setting their drink down.  For added fun, provide unique coasters that either tell a story or mark a special event.  These make for great conversation starters, especially when you are entertaining guests who do not know each other. At Bar & Bistro, we offer personalized sandstone coasters. Not only will they protect your furniture, they are beautiful accessories that you and your guests will enjoy.

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