Dress up the party table with these decorative napkins, unique napkin rings, and festive folding ideas.
A perfect bow on each plate is a fun way to spiff up a plain napkin and give party guests a gift of their own. Spread a dinner napkin out, lying flat. Fold opposite sides in so they meet at the center. Then fold again at the center to form a narrow, ribbonlike 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.
Your guests will be delighted to find cut flowers tucked into their napkins. To keep the blooms from wilting during the bash, slip the stems into little vials of water (available at floral shops). To fold the napkin, lay it on a flat surface, and fold in half widthwise so the folded edge is near you. Fold the top layer back down halfway. Turn the napkin over, and fold the edges into the center. Finish by folding the napkin in half.
Turn casual table linens into holders for breadsticks, a flower, or utensils. Fold the bottom edge of a napkin up to the middle. Fold the bottom up again on top of itself. Then fold the two sides to meet in back. Fold in sides again, and place the napkin on the table. Tuck goodies into the front pocket.