Four Ways to Fold a Napkin

written by Katie McMinn November 22, 2019

Just in time for the biggest dinner day of the year. I asked if you wanted a napkin tutorial and you said yes so here it is. Four different ways of folding your napkins this Thanksgiving. I have seen some elaborate folded napkins in my days, and while I think they are incredible to look at I don’t feel that they are convenient for the host or the guests. As I host I don’t want to spend more than 20 minutes folding napkins and I believe the guests don’t want to figure out how to unfold a piece of artwork before they eat.

As I was preparing for this tutorial I went back to my roots and have chosen to share my four tops ways to fold a dinner napkin. All ways are easy, elevate the look of your table and leave the unfolding guesswork out of it.

Let’s Get Folding

1. The Ring

This one, in the words of my 3 and 5-year-olds, is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Fold your napkin into a triangle with the pattern facing out. Pinch it in the middle. Place a napkin ring over the napkin and arrange the napkin in a way that makes you smile.

2. The Rectangle

This one is easier than the ring. Fold the napkin in half with the pattern facing out. Fold the left side into the middle. Fold the right side into the middle. Fold the entire napkin in half.

3. The Knot

Fold your napkin into a triangle with the pattern facing out. Roll it up like you did for your 90s bandana. Take the ends and make a circle shape. Loop one end into the hole and pull tight. There may be a corner piece sticking out of the middle, fold it into the knot.

4. The Envelope

Fold your napkin in half with the pattern facing out. Fold the left side into the middle. Fold the right side down making a 90-degree angle in the middle. Fold the remaining right side over the top.

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