At no other time do folks seem to watch the clock than on New Year's Eve. After all, the celebration is about the magic hour of midnight!

A collection of clocks and pocket watches set down the length of your table makes a spectacular showpiece on New Year's Eve. We used crystal and silver varieties to go with the glass dinner plates and silver chargers. (A quirky vase filled with silver metallic stars and streamers serves as a playful centerpiece.)

At each place setting, carry on the timely theme by using a wristwatch napkin ring around the Diagonal Napkin Fold.

Before guests arrive, synchronize the timepieces on the table so they strike midnight all at once!

Diagonal Napkin Fold


    Fold napkin to form rectangle
  • 1. Place a square cloth napkin wrong side up on a flat surface. Fold in two sides so they overlap and form a rectangle.
  • Fold to form triangle
  • 2. Fold the upper left corner down to the center of the rectangle's lower edge.
  • Fold triangle over to form square
  • 3. Fold the triangle you just made over so that it forms a square.
  • Roll sides of napkin to form tube
  • 4. Turn the napkin over; roll two sides into the center to make a tube. Turn the napkin over so the rolled edges are underneath. Slip a wristwatch over the napkin.