If you want to impress your guests with more than just your culinary skills, you don't have to spend extra money on extravagant table decorations. You can create napkin flowers. Using freshly washed and starched napkins in pretty colours to match your menu or decor is the basis for creating a floral shaped napkin sculpture to add to each place setting. The instructions are simple and resemble origami, but with the use of your cloth napkins, rather than paper.
Fold a large square cloth napkin in half so that the open edge is facing you.
Bring one corner down to meet the bottom centre. Bring the opposite corner down to meet the centre so that the edges form a line and you have what resembles a large triangle. Smooth the folds.
Fold the right hand corner up to meet the peak of the triangle. Repeat for the opposite corner, resulting in a diamond shape. Now bring the last point half way back and fold flat, so that the outer edge meets the outer fold of the napkin beneath it. Repeat for the other side.
Fold the napkin in half moving the sides down to make the fold, not up. Hold the napkin firmly and pull the bottom through a napkin ring about three inches. Flair the top of the petals out and lay the napkin on the place setting.
Lay a starched napkin flat on the table. Fold the outside edges in to the centre vertically, leaving a 1/2 inch gap along the middle.
Pleat the napkin by folding from the top down spacing a new pleat every inch. Sharply crease the folds.
Slide a napkin ring to the centre of the pleated napkin, or tie it with a twist tie or pipe cleaner. The fit should be tight so the centre is squeezed together. Fan out the pleats on either side of the ring making a flower shape.