Thanksgiving Spotlight: Napkin Folding 101

Thanksgiving Spotlight: Napkin Folding 101

14:52 20 November in GreenMarket

By Paula Detwiller

Nothing says “perfect hostess” better than professionally folded napkins around the dinner table. Besides, they’re fun to do! This Thanksgiving, why not channel your inner Martha Stewart and fold cloth napkins into interesting shapes?

We found a great website to teach you how: It has step-by-step instructions, complete with photos, for making more than two dozen different napkin folds, including the standing fan, the bishop’s hat, and the bird of paradise.

One of the easiest napkin folds is the basic silverware pouch, which adds a touch of class to any table. Here’s how to do it:

  • Lay out the napkin out flat and fold it in half.
  •  Fold it in half again to make a square.
  •  Now fold down the edge of the top layer about 1/3 down.
  •  Turn the napkin over and fold each side in to meet the other.
  •  Turn the napkin over again, and tuck in your utensils.

Napkin Fun Facts

Did you know the use of table napkins dates back to at least the 1300s? In ancient Rome, they used two sizes of napkins: a smaller one to wipe the brow during meals (the Mediterranean can get pretty steamy), and a larger one to dab the mouth and protect furniture, much like the modern tablecloth. According to “The Art of the Table” author Suzanne Von Drachenfels, dinner party guests would bring their own large napkins, which they’d fill with leftovers before departing. Thus, the “doggy bag” was born.

Have fun folding!