There are many ways to fold a napkin...most of which I have never learned. There is one way, however...that I can pretty much do in my sleep. Weddings, banquets and dinners...I have folded hundreds of napkins this way. The finished napkin looks rather like a crown...
...like the ones you see on this table. Since I have people asking me from time to time how this is actually done...I will attempt to show you.
- Fold napkin in half to form a rectangle.
- Fold top right corner down to bottom edge.
- Fold bottom left corner up to top edge.
- Turn napkin over.
- Fold bottom edge up to top edge...one triangle will extend below bottom edge.
- Fold napkin along the top edge as you turn it over...a second triangle will fall free.
- Fold right quarter toward the centre, tucking the point under the long fold.
- The napkin will look like illustrated in #8.
- Turn napkin over. Fold right quarter toward the centre and tuck in the point.
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Another fairly simple napkin fold is 'the fan'. These I learned to do very recently...after a lesson by the galley crew on a cruise we were on not long ago.
- Fold napkin in half.
- Starting bottom, accordion pleat 2/3 way up.
- Fold in half with pleating on the outside.
- Fold upper right corner diagonally down to folded base of pleats and turn under edge.
- Place on table and release pleats to form fan.
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This works great for a buffet service...with the cutlery already tucked into a napkin.
- Fold the napkin in half to form a rectangle.
- Place folded edge at the bottom.
- Bring top edge of the first layer to the bottom.
- Turn the napkin over...and bring left edge to centre.
- Fold this section over on itself two more times in the same direction.
And that, my friends, is your napkin folding lesson for today. Have a fun weekend!