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Stylish Napkin Folding for Your Next Dinner Party
Stylish Napkin Folding for Your Next Dinner Party
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Napkin folding may seem like a thing of the past, but these simple and inspired designs will bring so much life and beauty to your table settings. Whether your in-laws are coming into town, you're hosting Thanksgiving, or you're just having some friends over for a quiet dinner party, wow them with your impeccable place settings and eye for design.

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Place card napkin fold

pocket place card napkin fold

The place card napkin fold isn't just for family gatherings. It's a simple and inexpensive way to dress up place settings at larger gatherings such as a wedding or formal dinner. It is also ideal when seating arrangement is key for avoiding those awkward combinations. These folds are simple and quick, while practical and attractive — though you can increase their elaborateness, too. As an alternative, the pocket in this fold can hold sweet-smelling herbs or cutlery.

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Lotus napkin fold

lotus flower napkin fold

This beautiful fold looks elaborate and difficult, making it an instantly Instagram-worthy accomplishment. It will also impress the heck out of your guests. While it can be time-consuming, the lotus fold is not as hard as it looks. Ensure your folds are crisp, though. A bone folder or iron can help.

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Christmas tree napkin fold

A napkin in a whimsical Christmas tree fold Redphotographer / Getty Images

Feeling festive? A Christmas tree fold is a great way to add some whimsy and cheer to your holiday table. This simple style can be done quickly and will leave your guests feeling all the holiday joy. Add a dash of colour to the table with red, green, or silver napkins.

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Bow tie napkin fold

A festive bow tie napkin fold anyaivanova / Getty Images

There are multiple ways to master this simple yet classy napkin fold. The easiest is to wrap a napkin ring at the center and flare the ends out. But, if you want to really impress your guests, a properly folded napkin bow, complete with a ribbon at its center, will complete your table setting with almost no effort.

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Tuxedo napkin fold

tuxedo style napkin fold

What's a bow tie without a tuxedo? This fun fold is one of the simpler ones, requiring minimal folding and no pressing. It is a great decoration for dad's birthday, Father's Day, or even a formal dinner. For holiday gatherings, place a holiday cracker or sprig of holly in the "neck hole."

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Bread basket napkin fold

A loaf of bread wrapped in a cloth napkin TorriPhoto / Getty Images

Get fancy with your breads and buns by opting for a unique napkin bread basket over the ordinary bread bowl. Not only will this fancy folding impress your guests; it will keep your rolls warm, too. This simple design only takes a moment and a few basic folds to perfect. As an added bonus, that's one less dish you'll have to wash when the party is over.

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Flower napkin folds

napkin folded like a flower

This gorgeous napkin fold will brighten any table setting. Creating pretty and colorful flowers in wine, champagne, or juice glasses will take your Sunday brunch to the next level. Get extra fancy by adding real leaves or multicolored napkins. With just a few simple folds and rolls, your floral setting will be well in bloom.

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Bunny napkin fold

A simple bunny napkin fold IrenaV / Getty Images

Everyone will love these adorable bunny napkin folds. With a little extra time and effort, you can master this style for your next Easter dinner or spring brunch. Use a variety of spring colors to add flair and cheer to your table setting. These sweet little bunnies are their own centerpieces.

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Peacock napkin fold

peacock fan napkin fold

This style is another great way to incorporate glassware into the napkin design. Peacocks have long been a sign of sophistication and beauty. Who wouldn't want that on their table for their next fancy dinner party? To amplify the elegance of this look, use richly colored napkins. For crisp tail folds, have your iron handy.

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Holiday crown napkin fold

A fancy crown napkin fold maximkabb / Getty Images

This classic design gives you the opportunity to showcase ornaments, small gifts, notes, or even photos in the fold. Since it sits proudly on top of the plate, it acts as the perfect display case. With a sprig of holly, this napkin style will beautify your Christmas table. For other holidays, such as Easter, place colored eggs in the pocket. Your guests will love the extra surprise.

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