Napkin Folding and Ideas

How do you spruce up a plain napkin? Let us count the ways: fold it into a simple pocket, an origami roll, a lotus flower for the spring, or a Thanksgiving turkey (complete with pleated feathers) for the fall. Other ideas? Personalize it with embroidered stitches, a decorative charm, or a floral napkin ring. Whether you're hosting a formal sit-down dinner or a casual get-together among friends, a neatly folded napkin is always a "Good Thing" for the table.

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Angled Pocket Napkin Fold

It's easy as 1-2-3! Start with a square dinner napkin and give it a three-way fold for a handy pocket. 

How to Fold a Napkin in 10 Beautiful Ways

Know when to wrap 'em, when to twist 'em up, and when to go for fun. We're talking about napkins, of course. They're the easiest, most elegant way to dress up your place settings—and they add a big serving of personality to your table, too. To inspire you, we present over a dozen ways to spiff up a plain napkin.

Buffet Napkin Fold

Here’s a super-chic way to set the table for your wedding reception (or future dinner parties!). Slip a menu, place card, single bud, or set of utensils into the decorative pouch.

Bunny Napkin Fold

Easter rabbit-shaped napkins are a festive detail for the holiday table, and they only require a few simple folds.

Lotus Napkin Fold

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.
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More Napkin Folding and Ideas

Pocket Napkin Fold

These clever linens serve double-duty as elegant placeholders. For your wedding celebration (and dinner parties to come!), slip a menu, place card, single bud, or set of utensils into the sleek pouch.

Rolled Hem Napkins

No need to be matchy-matchy—a mix of patterns feels modern. Set these elegantly stitched napkins on the table, and dinner is served.

Two Dyeing Ideas to Brighten Up Your Place Settings at the Table

Stained linens and worn napkin rings can be made good as new again.