How to Fold a Napkin
Our step-by-step guide to holiday napkin folds
To add some spark to each place setting, try a fan fold. This fold works best with a stiff napkin that can really hold a crease.
Lay a square napkin on a flat surface, then fold the two opposite edges in to meet at the center, making a rectangle. Starting at the short end, fold the napkin into 1-inch accordion pleats, stopping about 4 inches from the opposite end. Make sure the fold of the last pleat is at the bottom edge and all the pleats are underneath.
Fold the napkin in half lengthwise so half of the pleats are now on top.
Fold the upper left corner down and tuck it behind the center pleat, forming a triangle. Release and let the pleats fan out.
Adjust the folds and back triangle as needed so the fan stands upright.
Place Card Holder
An functional napkin fold that also adds an elegant touch to your holiday table.
Fold a napkin in half twice to make a square and place it on a flat surface with the open corners facing you. Fold up each open corner one at a time, placing each corner about 1-in. from the previous one.
Fold up the bottom edge about 1 in. to make a holder for the place card.
Turn napkin over and fold napkin in thirds, tucking one corner under the other to hold.
Turn napkin over put place card inside the bottom fold.
Bring a burst of color to your table by taking two napkins in different colors and making this napkin bouquet.
Layer one napkin on top of the other so that each corner is offset a bit.
Grab the napkin in the center and pull up.
With the edges pointing up, place napkins in a water goblet and fluff.
Easily organize silverware for your holiday party with these manageable bundles.
Place a set of cutlery diagonally on the napkin, leaving about a third of the napkin showing at the bottom. Fold the bottom corner over the cutlery.
Fold the left side of the napkin over the cutlery.
Fold right side of napkin over cutlery; tuck under.
Securely tie the bundle about halfway down with foil garland, raffia or ribbon.
Napkin Ring Fold
Place a square cloth napkin wrong side up on a flat surface. Fold in two sides so they overlap and form a rectangle.
Fold the upper left corner down to the center of the rectangle's lower edge.
Fold the triangle you just made over so that it forms a square.
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 napkin ring over the napkin.
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