Napkin Folding Styles

Napkin folding styles can make your table settings and believe it or not, table settings can make or break your romantic dinner with your significant other. Skip the paper napkins and fold cloth napkins to make even the simplest meal more elegant, no iron required for these simple napkin folding styles. Remember, napkin folding is all about presentation. If you use stained, old, ripped, or unmatched napkins with cheap silverware or glassware, your efforts will be in vain. If you must, borrow nice things (quality napkins, silverware and glassware) from a good friend with good taste or mom.

Napkin in a tumbler or juice glass

You will need:

  • Cloth napkin
  • Tumbler or juice glass
  1. Fold napkin in half horizontally and make a crease.
  2. Unfold and place napkin on a table with the crease facing up.
  3. Roll each side in towards the middle. You should have a double scroll shape. 
  4. Put in a tumbler (small drinking glass) to keep the shape.

Napkin in a wine or champagne glass

You will need:

  • Napkin
  • Wine glass or champagne flute
  1. Accordion fold the entire napkin (fold in narrow pleats from one side to the other).
  2. Fold in half (it should look like a fan)
  3. Put in wine glass to hold shape (pretty crystal or glass wine glasses are preferred over disposable, plastic or polycarbonite versions for this style).

Silverware roll

You will need:

  • Napkins
  • Silverware (preferably silver or stainless steel, not the plastic kind as it defeats the purpose of trying to set an elegant table)
  1. Depending on the size of your napkin, fold it in half or until it's approximately the size of your silverware.
  2. Roll up your silverware in the napkin.
  3. Put a napkin holder around it.

Napkin Burrito

You will need:

  • Cloth Napkins
  • Silverware (1 knife, fork, and spoon per napkin per table setting, obviously).
  1. Lay silverware (fork, knife, spoon) vertically alligned with two corners, with the top of the utensils  near to the edge of one of the corners.
  2. Fold up the bottom corner until the crease almost touches the silverware handles.
  3. Fold over the remaining sides as if you were making a silverware burrito.

Silverware envelope

You will need:

  • Cloth Napkins
  • Silverware
  1. Fold a napkin in half.
  2. Fold it in half again so that it makes a square (if you end up with a long rectangle, you're on the wrong track).
  3. Fold down the top layer of the napkin about a third of the way. Flip it over.
  4. Fold each side in so that it touches the other.
  5. Tuck silverware into your napkin pocket. 
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