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Bow Tie Fold
A neatly folded napkin adds a touch of elegance to your dining table -- for a special occasion or the every day. It 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 dozen ways to spiff up a plain napkin.
Here, a pretty bow adds playfulness to the table. To make, spread a dinner napkin out, lying flat. Fold opposite sides in so they meet at the center. Then fold horizontally again at the center to form a narrow, ribbon-like shape. Next, fold short ends in so they meet at the center. Cinch in the middle with a ribbon in a coordinating color, and glue at back. Voila!
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A folded napkin isn't solely decorative. This particular fold allows your napkin to do double-duty: You can tuck inside a printed menu, a set of utensils, or even a handful of tasty appetizer breadsticks.
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This contemporary style gives your guests something to unroll.
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Don't fret, this design is not as complicated as it looks. If you made paper fortune-tellers as a child, then you can easily fold this napkin.
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This fold is favored by the legendary French chef Auguste Escoffier. It's also a really impressive vehicle for hot, fresh-from-the-oven dinner rolls.
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For a casual gathering in the backyard, might we suggest this whimsical pinwheel? A bandanna, neatly folded and ironed flat, becomes part of a rustic-themed place setting.
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For something more formal, this four-sided look with cascading folds makes a bold statement from the moment your guests sit at the table.
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Lover's Knot Fold
At first glance, two linens are folded to become one. But it's really just one linen napkin. In light of its romantic name, this design is lovely for a wedding or anniversary celebration.
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Simple yet sophisticated, this design is perfect for sealing a printed menu, a party favor, or ... who knows? It's up to you. Lift the flap, and your guests are impressed with a hidden surprise.
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This geometric shape works especially well for monogrammed linens. For a crisper look, we suggest that you iron the napkins before and after folding.
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Candy Wrap Fold
Did someone say candy? This fold was inspired by a childhood treat-- the Christmas cracker: Your guests pull the ends to reveal hidden sweets or a note tucked inside.