Napkin Folds That Will Give Your Table the ‘Wow’ Factor

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.


  • 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.

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One thought on “Napkin Folds That Will Give Your Table the ‘Wow’ Factor

  1. Trying to learn how to do the cascading napkin fold or spiral fold. Not exactly sure what the name of that fold is? Have a wedding that requests this fold and I can’t find out how to do it any where?? Need help!!

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