Top 10 Ways of Folding Napkins
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
July 28, 2011
Filed Under Entertaining
Contributed by Korina Rossi, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Attractive napkin design is a keystone of setting an impressive table for company.
Unfortunately, many hosts and hostesses find creating the crisp corners and intricate designs daunting. Actually, choosing and devising the perfect fold for your napkin and table can be easy. Like origami without paper cuts, napkin folding can even be mastered by children while you’re in the kitchen.
Here are my top ten ways to fold napkins:
10. Keeping It Simple
The basic rectangle is the old faithful of folding, but using an interesting pattern like jacquard will banish any semblance of monotony. Positioning the napkin at an angle on the bread plates or in the center of the setting, instead of under the silverware, will give your table an off-kilter charm.
9. French Fold
Perfect for casual table settings, the French Fold can be learned by children in just a few minutes. Use this fetching fold for barbeques or outdoor get togethers when starching tablecloths would seem like an overkill.
The roll fold, which wraps the silverware in the napkin, is the most common restaurant fold. Dress up the fold by adding a matching belt or clamp.
7. Bishop’s Crown
When you’re trying to decide which way to fold a napkin, consider its location on the table. If your table setting has a plethora of empty wine glasses, the Bishop’s Crown, either with two points of three, is the ideal way to draw attention to your crystal decanter, salt and pepper and glassware.
6. Accordion Style
For a breakfast room, tucking your napkins into a holder or napkin caddy can keep the table clear for other activities during the day. Then, during the meal, family members can grab their own napkin.
Asking only a few sprays of starch and a linen napkin, the basket fold is a favorite for hosts who want to tuck a card or small party favor inside the napkin.
4. Novelty Roll
Baubles for your napkin can dress up even practical place settings, like the roll fold, giving them a quaint charm.
3. Splashes of Color
Motley and patchwork napkins are perfect for casual dinners. Pick up a color in the napkin, make a simple fold and decorate with a bright flower for a perfect addition to your table setting.
2. Silver Clasps
Don’t forget to compliment your finest napkins with silver – including a silver clasp or napkin ring – and fine china. For formal parties, wedding receptions, and graduation dinners, table settings that exude distinction and careful preparation will help make memories that all your guests will cherish.
1. Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise are on all the cruise ships and fine restaurants: this attractive and intricate fold is one of the favorites. The Bird of Paradise napkin fold is especially effective with eclectic Italian decor and other vibrant table themes. Follow the instructions on this video; it may take a bit of practice.