Crafty hostesses will have fun folding napkins into various shapes for an upcoming baby shower. Often tricky to execute but enjoyable for those with a steady hand and time to properly focus and learn, folding napkins into everything from roses to diapers can add a special accent to an otherwise ordinary food buffet or sit down luncheon. The napkins can also help further a specific baby shower theme or represent the crafty side of the hostess or mother to be.
Using a square cloth napkin, fold from one point to another so it forms a triangle. Fold the side points inward toward the middle and hold in place with thumb and forefinger. Next, fold the bottom point over the two side points and fasten with a safety pin. Open up the middle of the "diaper" and push inside on the sides and corners to ensure a proper seal has been made. You can now display your napkin diapers or fill them with small treats like nuts or candy for guests.
If the mother-to-be is expecting a baby girl, indulge in the idea of a forthcoming little princess with napkins folded into crowns. Fold a square napkin in half diagonally so it looks like a triangle. Fold inward from the left and right sides so it forms two triangles/a square shape. Rotate your "square" so it makes a diamond. Fold the bottom two thirds of the way up to the top point of the diamond and then fold the bottom point back down again to the bottom. Flip over the entire napkin and tuck in the furthest corners to make a round bottom. Stand it upright and flare out the top corners.
Designed to hold luncheon or dinner rolls or to simply display a touch of elegance at a baby shower, rose napkins should be done with a pink, red or white napkin. Fold your napkin in half diagonally in both directions, so there is a crease pressed as you go. Open the napkin back up again and fold each corner into the centre so it makes a square shape. Fold the four corners you now have into the centre of the napkin to form a smaller square. Repeat again. Flip the entire napkin over and fold the four corners inward so they meet and touch in the centre of the square. Pull at the edge of each corner so they make a "cupped" design. Keep pulling until you have all of your petals.
Baby Bootie Napkins
Using a cocktail napkin, fold one side into the centre and then fold backward in half again, returning to the original base. Repeat on the other side. Use an iron to hold the creases. Next, rotate the napkin so it makes a vertical rectangle and fold down about one third of the way. Fold the two top corners inward to form a triangle and again use an iron to hold the creases. Place a thin piece of ribbon across these folds. Turn the lower fold up and over the to. Tie the ribbon around the top section, making a bow. Overlap all the folds and tuck under. Pull the sides out slightly and tighten the top so it forms a baby bootee. Repeat process for a matched set.
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