Elevate Your Table Setting: Easy Napkin Folding Techniques

Napkin folded as fan

Napkin folding is an art that adds elegance and style to any dining occasion – not only does it showcase your creativity and attention to detail, but it also enhances the overall aesthetic of your table setting. Today, we’re here to share some easy napkin folding techniques that will impress your guests and elevate your dining experience. From the classic pocket fold to more elevated options like the rose fold, this guide will teach you everything you need to know about the art of folding napkins. Let’s get started!

  1. Classic Pocket Fold
    The pocket fold is a timeless and versatile technique. It's perfect for holding silverware, a menu card, or simply adding a decorative touch to your table setting.

    1. Start with a square napkin.
    2. Fold it in half to form a rectangle.
    3. Fold the rectangle in half again to create a square.
    4. Turn the napkin so the open corners are facing away from you.
    5. Fold the left corner diagonally to the right, forming a triangle.
    6. Fold the bottom half up to cover the triangle, creating a pocket.
    7. Flip the napkin over and tuck your silverware or menu card into the pocket.

  2. Diamond Fold
    The diamond fold is simple yet elegant, adding a touch of sophistication to your table. It works well for both casual and formal events.

    1. Begin with a square napkin and lay it flat in a diamond shape.
    2. Fold the napkin in half from the bottom corner to the top corner, creating a triangle.
    3. Fold the bottom corner up, stopping about two-thirds of the way.
    4. Fold the top corner down, covering the previous fold, to create a diamond shape.
    5. Flip the napkin over and you have a diamond-folded napkin ready to grace your table.
    6. Fan Fold

  3. The fan fold is a great way to add flair to your table setting and is particularly useful for weddings or more formal events. It looks intricate but is surprisingly easy to achieve.

    1. Start with a rectangular napkin and lay it flat.
    2. Accordion-fold the napkin from one end to the other, creating even pleats.
    3. Once folded, hold the napkin at one end and fan out the folds.
    4. Place a napkin ring or tie a ribbon around the center to secure the fan shape.
  4. Bow Tie Fold
    The bow tie fold is playful and charming, making it perfect for casual gatherings or themed parties where you want to foster a playful environment.

    1. Begin with a flat, square napkin.
    2. Fold the napkin in half to create a rectangle.
    3. Roll the napkin from one end to the other, making a tight roll.
    4. Fold the rolled napkin in half, and tie a ribbon around the center to form a bow tie shape.
  5. Rose Fold
    The rose fold adds a touch of romance and elegance to your table. It's ideal for special occasions or intimate dinners.

    1. Lay the napkin flat and fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle.
    2. Roll the napkin from the long side to the tip of the triangle.
    3. Once rolled, fold the tip of the triangle to form the center of the rose.
    4. Gently spread out the layers to resemble the petals of a rose.

Try These Techniques at Your Next Event

These easy napkin folding techniques are sure to impress your guests and enhance the beauty of your table setting. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't hesitate to experiment and find the folds that suit your style best. Pair these beautifully folded napkins with high-quality table linens from Premier Table Linens, and you'll have a dining experience that's as memorable as it is elegant.

Check out the Premier Table Linens YouTube channel for more easy napkin folding tutorials that are easy to follow along with. For example, our “Napkins Folding tutorial classic folding style” video shows another simple and classic technique for folding linen napkins that’s perfect for any event!