No Thanks
Let

Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Everything You Need To Know About

Napkin folding

Over the centuries, napkin folding has evolved from elaborate to restrained to whimsical and back again. Whatever your style or the occasion, there's a napkin-folding technique to add an appropriate flourish to your table, whether it's the classic accordion or a lotus flower.

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

article

When you imagine a romantic dinner for two, crumbs never sully your partner's face. Give your fantasy a practical twist with napkins folded into a rose-inspired arrangement. The "flower" and "leaves" are tucked into a tumbler and set at each place setting. Don't worry about making the corners meet perfectly -- a little unevenness looks more natural.

article

Also called the water lily or the artichoke, this is one of the best-known napkin folds and will be familiar to anyone who ever made a paper fortune teller as a child. Use it to present dinner napkins or to surround a roll, a party favor, or a flower.