Paper napkins can do everything cloth napkins can do for your dinner party or reception guests; they are, however, far less expensive. You also can dress up the paper napkins by folding them in different decorative ways. Paper napkins even save you a step in napkin folding because they come already folded into quarters.
Lay the paper napkin in front of you with the folded edges at the left and the bottom. Take the first layer of the napkin at the top right corner and fold it over about an inch. Repeat this fold over and over until you reach the centre of the paper napkin. Fold the next layer in the same manner until you reach the top folded edge of the previous layer. Fold the last two layers in the same manner. Flip the paper napkin over. Fold the left edge over one-third of the way. Fold the right edge over one-third of the way and tuck it into the pocket at the bottom of the left edge. Flip the napkin back over and you're done.
Orient your napkin in front of you so that it is shaped like a diamond and the folded edges are at the top. Take the first layer of the napkin at the bottom point and fold it straight up until it is 3/4 of an inch from the edge. Bring the next layer up in the same manner until it is 3/4 of an inch from the edge of the previous layer. Fold the third and fourth layers in this same manner. Turn the napkin over and fold the left corner into the centre. Fold the right corner in to the centre. Place the folded napkin in a wine glass or short glass tumbler.
Place the napkin in front of you in the shape of a diamond with the folded edges at the bottom. Take the top point of the top layer of the napkin and fold it down to the bottom point of the napkin. Then, fold the point back up to the centre of the napkin. Take the top point of the next layer of the napkin and fold it down to the centre of the napkin. Fold the side points of the napkin back so they meet in the centre of the napkin.