How To Use Table Napkins

Table napkins are designed to be used as the perfect complement and enhance any table presentation. These small pieces will add life to the table, you only need to define the meal concept and start to play with the wide array of options available to decorate with the best style.

Why Table Napkins?

If you want to create an amazing foundation for flatware and dinnerware you can use table napkins. Not only do textiles inject fresh color to the scene, but they offer rich contrast, pattern, and texture.

Be creative and choose the best colors, patterns, fabrics and for sure…the right folding to stand out and improve the guests experience.

Table Napkin Folding Ideas

The napkin folding ideas can be used for different occasions, you only need to specify how formal the meal is and how much design your setting needs, in order to avoid too many distractions in the scene.

Remember, napkins should either coordinate or contrast with the rest of your place setting. It’s easy to mix and match solid napkins with patterns and vice versa. Last, but not least, create a unique look by adding napkin rings that complement the color palette atop the table.

Top 3 napkin folding ideas:

  1. Pyramid napkin fold.
  2. Diamond napkin fold.
  3. French napkin fold.

  1. Pyramid napkin fold

Follow these steps:

-Lay the napkin face down in front of you.

-Fold the napkin in half diagonally.

-Rotate the napkin so the open end faces away from you.

-Fold the right end up to meet the far corner, ensuring the edge of this new fold lays on the centerline as shown.

-Repeat the last step with the left side, folding the left tip up to the far corner, creating a diamond shape with a seam running down the center.

-Turn the napkin over, keeping the open end facing away from you.

-Fold the napkin in half by bringing the farthest point of the diamond up and back to the nearest point.

-Turn the napkin over again, this time keeping the open end facing towards you.

-Fold the napkin along the center seam and you have a neat, sturdy pyramid. If your napkin won’t stand neatly then you may need a little starch. 

2. Diamond Napkin Fold

Follow these steps.

-Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.

-Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you.

-Fold the napkin into quarters.

-Fold the top-most layer of the napkin in half diagonally – up and to the left.

-Fold the next layer of napkin diagonally up and to the left, stopping slightly before the last fold to create an even, staggered effect.

-Repeat by folding up the next layer of napkin to a point just before the last one.

-And one last time with one last layer. Keep them as uniform as you can.

-Now fold both sides of the napkin under and in to create an even, staggered diamond effect on the napkin. Press it down as flat as possible.

3. French Napkin Fold

Follow these steps:

-Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.

-Fold the napkin in half diagonally.

-Orient the napkin so the long side is on the left.

-Fold the far corner of the napkin diagonally towards you and to the right so that the crease falls an inch or two short of the right-most corner and the newly formed point at the bottom is a few inches to the right of the left one.

-Fold the right-most point towards you, pivoting at the same place the last fold pivoted. Use the finished napkin to drape the dinner place. Very classy and uncomplicated.

It´s easy! Try it and create unforgettable scenes to your loved ones.

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.

Charles Eames.

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