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How to Fold Beautiful Table Napkins in 15 Seconds

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Guide on How to fold table napkin

Setting a table is much like putting an outfit together. Beyond your everyday china and paper napkins, there are certain conventions to observe based on the occasion.

For example the best flatware for an informal dinner party likely won’t be bone china, unless that’s how you roll. Just as important as determining the best dinnerware with which to lay a table, choosing simple napkin folds can speak volumes to your guests. Here are five relatively simply napkin folding styles that will add grace and flourish to you table for any event.

Unique napkin folding idea

The Envelop Fold

This is excellent for less formal occasions and can be embellished with a silk flower or a pretty name card, if you’re designing a seating arrangement.

First, you’ll want to make sure the napkin is squared, with points at each of the cardinal compass directions—so it looks like a diamond. Then, fold top, bottom, and right or left points—in that order—toward the center.

You’ll end up with something that resembles a burrito. Slip your silver into the resulting pocket and place it atop your salad plate.

Elegant table napkin folding idea

The Single Pocket

This simple and elegant fold is perfect to grace any table with the best flatware and the best tableware—bone china and Waterford. But it can also serve much simpler settings. First, fold your napkin over once so it’s a rectangle with the long axis running top to bottom.

Then, taking the bottom edge, fold the napkin first one quarter then, again with a slightly larger portion, so you’re left with under half of the length of the napkin unfolded. Take either side—right and left—and fold them under, creating a pocket for your silverware.

Another Single Pocket

This technique is excellent for napkins patterned only on one side, with the back being a solid field. It creates an interesting contrast that can add significantly to a festive table.

The best tableware to pair with this technique is simple and bordering on informal. The best flatware will usually be understated and plain, especially if you’re using vividly patterned napkins.

First, fold the napkin square, with the patterned side facing in. Taking the loose corners, fold them down—which will create a succession of triangles. Tuck the tails of the smaller triangles beneath the folds to secure them. Then, fold the sides under so it resembles as open-ended burrito.

Beautiful napkin folding idea

Sushi Napkins

The best tableware for this particular style of napkin art is that which is Eastern in flavor.

Taking two different colors of napkin, roll fold them into narrow, long strips. Then, coil them tightly, wrapping a napkin of similar fold but different color around the outside.

They resemble stylized sushi rolls. You can do several different color combinations to amaze your guests and provide ample serviettes. One popular idea is to use patterned cloth that resembles the traditional prints favored by Japanese clothiers.

The Bow Tie

This is a simple design that requires a length of simple ribbon complimenting your napkin fabric. Simply fold the napkin lengthwise, rolling it over rather than doubling it, until it is about a quarter of its original width.

Then, fold the two ends toward the center. Using the ribbon, loop it around where the two loose ends come together in the middle. Flip it over and place it on your place setting.

Good Luck

These are a few of the simplest and most classic napkin folding styles that are suitable to compliment any dinner table—whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a larger banquet. Impress your guests.

Make a favorable impression on them, as soon as they see your table setting. Let them know you’ve got more than a few tricks up your sleeve, and this one didn’t require a party planner.

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