Just because you opt to use paper napkins for your next gathering doesn’t mean you cannot create an attractive and festive appearance with the tableware and silverware. Depending on the theme of your party or gathering, select paper napkins in a colour or pattern that complements your table settings and roll silverware in paper napkins to create an easy table arrangement your guests will appreciate. Plastic and standard silverware work equally well when rolled up in paper napkins.
Gather the silverware you will wrap and make separate piles of spoons, knives and forks.
Unfold the napkins. Either make the napkins into long rectangles or fold them into large triangles.
Pick up a knife, fork and spoon and stack them together in this order with the knife on the bottom.
Place the silverware on the left edge of the napkin. To wrap rectangular napkins, place the silverware at the left short edge of the napkin. To wrap triangular napkins, place the napkin with the folded edge at the top and place the silverware at the left corner of the triangle with the tip of the knife just above the top fold of the napkin.
Begin rolling the silverware in the napkin, rolling from left to right, until you reach the right edge of the napkin.
Secure the silverware in the rolled napkin with a 15 cm (6 inch) length of jute twine, a floral ponytail holder or by tying a 15 cm (6 inch) length of grosgrain ribbon around the rolled napkin. If you use twine or ribbon, either tie double knots or a bow to secure the tie.
Wrap each grouping of knives, forks and spoons in a napkin, securing each in the same way. Place the wrapped silverware at each place setting if you are serving a sit-down dinner. Place the wrapped silverware in a basket or bucket if you are serving a buffet dinner.
Things you need
- Patterned or coloured paper napkins (dinner size)
- Jute twine, floral ponytail holders or grosgrain ribbon -- 3 mm to 9 mm (1/8 to 3/8 inch)
- Basket or bucket (optional)