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Top Napkin Folds

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A napkin fold is an important element to table styling. From the classic book fold, to a casual knot or a traditional pocket, here's a how to fold guide.

Top Napkin Folds

One of the many ways to add style to your table setting is with a beautifully folded napkin.

There are many options available, but sometimes the simplest folds are the most elegant. Here we have details of the most popular folds that we are asked to create.

Book Fold

This is a classic fold that is easily picked up by a waiter to place on the diner’s lap.

  1. Lay the napkin flat on the table with the seams facing up.
  2. Fold the top edge in to the centre.
  3. Repeat for the bottom edge.
  4. Fold the short edge from the left into the centre.
  5. Repeat for the right short edge.
  6. Fold the napkin in half and place on the plate so that the fold is on the left side, and the open side is on the right, like a book.

Overhang

The overhang napkin can be placed under or on the charger plate and hangs over the edge of the table. This type of fold is often used when the charger plate has something like a bomboniere or menu placed on it.

  1. Lay the napkin flat on the table with the seams facing up.
  2. Fold the left hand edge into the centre.
  3. Repeat with the right hand edge.
  4. Fold the left edge over to touch the right edge.
  5. Lay the napkin on top of the charger plate.
  6. Or place the napkin under the charger plate and allow to hang over the table edge.

Charger Wrap

The charger wrap is a simple, classic style of napkin fold. It is similar to the overhang, and then the napkin is wrapped around the charger plate.

  1. Lay the napkin flat on the table with the seams facing up.
  2. Fold the left hand edge into the centre.
  3. Repeat with the right hand edge.
  4. Fold the left edge over to touch the right edge.
  5. Wrap vertically around the charger plate and tuck the edges under the plate.

 

Pocket – Cutlery

The pocket fold is perfect to add cutlery, or even a menu.

  1. Lay a napkin out flat with the seams facing down.
  2. Fold the bottom edge up to the top edge.
  3. Fold the right edge over to meet the left edge.
  4. Turn the top left corner back to touch the bottom right corner.
  5. Flip the napkin over and turn the right edge back onto itself.
  6. Fold it over again on itself and flip the napkin back again.
  7. Slide the cutlery into the pocket.

Knotted

The knotted napkin is a rustic, unstructured style when a formal napkin fold is not required.

  1. Lay the napkin flat with the seams facing up.
  2. Turn the top left corner over to meet the bottom right corner.
  3. Turn the bottom right corner over to meet the fold.
  4. Fold the right hand edge over to meet the left side fold.
  5. Pick up the top and bottom and tie the napkin in a simple knot.
  6. Lay flat on the plate.

 

Napkin Ring

This is a simple napkin fold but is extremely effective in creating an elegant statement, highlighting the napkin ring and providing scope to add another element into your theming.

  1. Lay the ironed napkin flat with the seams facing the table.
  2. Pick up from the very centre of the napkin.
  3. Insert the end of the napkin through the napkin ring.
  4. Lay on the centre of the plate.

 

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