Growing up with a large, close extended family meant holiday gatherings required multiple tables, dozens of folding chairs and extra-large platters for serving meals. While the adults spent days planning and cooking, my job was always setting the table. Wanting to add a bit of flair to the plain white linens, my dad found instructions for napkin folding and challenged me to master the Pyramid, the Bishop’s Hat and the Candlestick folds.
Deciphering the dotted-line diagrams was a time-consuming challenge, but in today’s Internet and YouTube world, you can find step-by-step instructions that make it easy to take your table to the next level.
It’s no surprise that Martha Stewart has a how-to video that can guide you in creating a beautiful table top. While her napkin ideas require a bit more than just folding (have your place cards and your iron ready) the Four Feather Fold (shown at about the 2:40-minute mark) would look great on a Thanksgiving table.
Not sure which look you want? For a range of styles from modern to classic, check out the aptly-named napkinfoldingguide.com for pictures with step-by-step instructions.
Using paper napkins? The charming Luigi has you covered in this video. The self-professed maestro on the art of napkin folding—he literally wrote the book on it—shows you how to make even the most ordinary napkins extra-special.
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