Different styles of napkin folding

Updated November 21, 2016

There are many different styles used to fold napkins. Folding styles require a cloth napkin to create an elegant effect. Though there are some folding styles for which you can use a limp napkin, typically the napkin will need to be well starched so that it keeps the folded shape. Napkin clothes come in many different colours, with the most classic being white and black. For event hosting, consider taking the time to learn how to fold a creative napkin style to add elegance to the table and impress your guests.

Necktie Napkin

The necktie napkin fold is one of the easiest and possibly funniest ways to fold a napkin. It actually resembles a real necktie as worn by office professionals worldwide. The necktie napkin will add creativity to a business luncheon or dinner and will provide guests with a conversation starter or at least make them chuckle.

Standing Napkin

The classic standing napkin resembles an upright sea shell when executed properly. It takes moderate effort but requires that the napkins be thoroughly starched and pressed before to folding. When placed on the table it adds elegance appropriate for a wedding or fancy dinner party.

Bird Of Paradise

The bird of paradise napkin fold is designed to look like the flower produced by the bird of paradise plant, a native plant of South Africa. This is a more advanced napkin folding technique that requires stiff linen to keep its beautiful shape. After a little practice, the bird of paradise fold can be completed in just a few minutes.

The Pyramid

The pyramid napkin fold is simple and takes little time, which is great for a beginner. The pyramid fold is often used at fine dining establishments. A completed pyramid fold is set on top of a dining plate to create a raised effect, making it stand up to be noticed.

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