Everyone loves to have a beautifully set table when family or friends come over for a meal. Oftentimes between the hustle and bustle of preparing food, the table can go unnoticed. Folded napkins are a quick and easy way to take a table setting from “blah” to “ooh-la-la.” With a simple napkin and this folding technique, you can wow your guests with a beautiful setting for any occasion!
What you’ll need:
- Square cloth napkin
- Optional décor to go in the folded napkin.
Step One: Fold your napkin in half from tip to tip, forming a triangle
Step Two: Position the triangle so the longest side is closest to you. Fold the wider half of the napkin up so that only a small portion of the tip is showing.
Step Three: Turn the napkin over, and rotate it so it's longways, with the tip pointing to the right.
Step Four: Fold the bottom half of the napkin up so that the points are only a couple of inches from each other.
Step Five: Fold both ends of the napkin down over the middle of itself.
Step Six: Continue to wrap the loose edge of the napkin all the way around.
Step Seven: Fold the tip of the napkin down over the edge, and open the center so it stands on its own
Step Eight: Place the napkin on your place setting and either leave it plain and simple or embellish according to the occasion.
Table Theme Ideas: For a springtime table, you can add a silk (or real) flower as I’ve done here. For the Fourth of July, you can add a small American flag. For a Thanksgiving table, you can add some colorful leaves. For Christmas, a poinsettia or sprigs of evergreen. Get creative—you can customize this place setting to fit any occasion.
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