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A beautiful table setting is one of the most important parts of a dinner party (besides the delicious food, of course!) If you’re in the middle of planning an extravagant meal for your friends and family, then don’t forget to follow one of these ways to fold napkins to decorate your table.
The Pocket Fold
- Fold your square napkin in half to create a rectangle.
- Take the front side of the napkin and fold it down in half again.
- Take the half you just folded down and make a raised flap.
- Keeping the flaps in place, flip the napkin over so that the flap is now on the table.
- Take the left side of the napkin and fold it over the right side. By now, you should have a square-sized napkin with the flaps facing outwards.
- Fold it in half once more until you have a vertical rectangle.
- The flat should now be a tight pocket that you can use to store cutlery. Place your knife, fork, and spoon inside the pocket, and viola! When it comes to napkin folding ideas, we love having a small place to hold the silverware in place!
- With the napkin on the table, take two adjacent corners and fold the napkin in half until you have a large triangle.
- Take the base of the triangle and make a 1 to 1 ½ inch fold up.
- Continue to make equal size folds towards the top of the triangle’s point until you are halfway towards the top.
- Starting on the left side of the folded point, start rolling the napkin until you reach the left side. You should begin to see while folding napkins that it’s starting to look like the center of a rose.
- To secure the rose together, slip one end of the point into a small pocket that was created at the base.
- You should now see two large flaps at the top of the napkin. Pull both of these flaps over the main part of the rose. This secures the napkin and creates two large petal leaves as the base of the flower.
- When it comes to napkin folding ideas, we like placing the rosebud napkin in the center of the plate. That way, your guests will have a show-stopping piece to look at when they sit down to dinner!
The Diagonal Fold
- This is one of our favorite easy napkin folding ideas. Start by laying the napkin flat on your table or surface.
- Take the corner of the bottom right-hand side and fold it up until the point touches the center of the napkin.
- Now, take the bottom of the napkin and fold it to the top until you have a rectangle. The right-hand corner should be folded inwards.
- Fold the corner of the top left-hand side of the napkin until it touches the middle of the bottom of the rectangle. Your napkin should look like a triangle sitting on top of a rectangle.
- Fold it from left to right until you have a square.
- Take one of the open corners and fold it to the adjacent corner. At this point, you should see three little pleats in the center of your napkin.
- Flip it over until the pleats are face down on the table.
- Fold it in half so that the pleats are now on the outside of your napkin.
- The three pleats are now diagonally folded, which creates a small pocket for you to slide in the silverware. This is one of our favorite folding napkin ideas for classy dinner parties!
The Fancy Pocket
- Fold the napkin in half until you have a rectangle.
- Fold it in half once more until you have a small square.
- Take one of the corners (where the flap is open), and fold it across to the adjacent corner.
- Then take another corner from the same side and fold it across to the adjacent side. However, don’t fold the corner all the way down – keep it approximately 1-inch from the adjacent corner.
- Take the third corner from the same side and fold it down until it is approximately 1-inch from the second corner.
- Now flip the napkin over until the folds are face down on the table.
- Pinch the right corner with your hand and fold it back until the corner reaches the center of the napkin.
- Take the left corner of the napkin and fold it back until the corner touches the right-hand side of the napkin.
- Flip the napkin over again. You should now see a small pocket in the center that will hold the cutlery. As with the other pocket napkin folding ideas, you can store forks, knives, and spoons inside the main pocket.
After you’ve tried a few of these easy napkin folding ideas, then take a look at our other recipes and tutorials to take your dinner party to the next level! These Vol Au Vent Pastries make the perfect appetizers, while this Chocolate Lava Cake will have all your guests drooling for more.