This Napkin Technique Will Transform Your Dinner Table

Published June 24, 2015 15,492 Plays

Rumble / Life HacksAlthough most people don’t think it, napkin folding is a form of art. It may not be as deeply appreciated as paper origami, but it is a type of origami. With that being said, this is a type of art that every dinner host needs to learn. What better way to impress the dinner guests than with fancy plating and folded napkins to match it? Not only that, but the detailed folding is a lot easier than you think.

If you are looking for a fold that is both simple and functional, the buffet style napkin fold will work for you. Usually used with more casual dining occasions, the buffet napkin fold will frame your silverware nicely into an elegant and compact place setting. This fold works well with most of our cotton and linen dinner napkins. For best folding results, it may help to first iron the napkins thoroughly with starch to ensure a more rigid napkin. Folded napkins can both serve a practical purpose: tucking in utensils, completing the theme in the place setting, and offer decorative flair. To inspire you, we present a way to spiff up a plain napkin and you can do it in 9 simple steps:

Iron the napkin flat. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you. Fold the napkin into quarters. Orient the napkin so the open corner is facing away and to the right. Fold the top-most layer of napkin diagonally down to the center and press it flat. Roll the same layer down as shown in the picture. Take the next layer corner and fold it to meet the first fold. Roll the same layer down and tuck underneath the first layer. Turn the napkin over. Fold the left side back about 1/3 of the way and press it down. Fold the right side back to meet the left hand fold and tuck underneath the flap. Flip it over and insert the silverware.