Napkin folding is one of the best DIY ways to add pizazz and elegance to a table. Even the most simple napkin fold can make a statement. There is something special about sitting down to a table and finding your napkin folded beautifully before you. It’s a touch of luxury that is so easy to incorporate in your own table settings. You would be amazed by the amount of creative ideas out there for napkin folds – the possibilities are endless! Your imagination truly is the limit. I have gathered some of my favorites in this post, along with some tips to get you started and help you along the way.
TIPS FOR NAPKIN FOLDING
- Make sure you have the right sized napkin for a fold. If they are too small, they won’t fold correctly.
- Wash your brand new cloth napkins in the washing machine before use.
- Always iron the napkins first to press out the creases and wrinkles.
- Some napkin folds require the napkins to be starched first so they keep their folded shape.
- See tutorials for the most basic and popular napkin folds here.
- Be patient; it may take a few tries before you get it down.
A simple and elegant napkin fold that isn’t too fussy. The right napkin ring can really make this look special. Photo & Tutorial: One Kings Lane
Black satin napkins folded as bow ties are the perfect touch for a black & white affair. For a girl’s party, you could do them in hot pink. Photo: Sarah McKenzie
The folding here reminds me of a nicely folded shirt, very simple and classic. Photo: Style Me Pretty
How creative is this?! Napkins that look like candle sticks, sure to delight your guests. Photo: Delish
A great idea for napkin folding is to tie a piece of ribbon or twine around it to hold a small flower (like lavender as seen in the photo) for a touch of color. Photo: Style Me Pretty
Adorable bunny napkin fold that is perfect for Easter or a children’s party. Photo & Tutorial: Martha Stewart
Amazing lotus napkin fold that is complex but worth the effort if you want to make a big impression. Your guests are sure to be awestruck. Photo & Tutorial: Martha Stewart
Another impressive flower napkin fold. The extra details of the glass and second rose napkin fold inside it make for a beautiful display. Photo: Stoff & Stil
A waterfall pleat napkin fold always makes for a refined and elegant touch on a table setting. Photo: Delish
The cascading napkin fold is practically a focal point on its own, especially when several are lined up as seen in this photo. So glamorous and elegant. Photo: Perfect Wedding Day
Napkin folding can be challenging but ultimately makes for a special touch that always delights guests and adds elegance to your table, whether it’s for an intimate dinner party or a wedding reception. Try one out, even if it’s just a simple fold and you’re sure to impress your guests.