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12 Ways to Fold Your Napkins at Your Wedding Reception - by Butler Rents

You want to make every detail of your wedding perfect, and this includes your tablescapes. Did you know there are many ways to fold your napkins? Read on to see how our friends at Butler Rents describe how twelve of them are done!

1. THE CANDLE

The Candle napkin fold

Fold napkin in half diagonally (1). Fold down base 1/3 way (2). Turn napkin over and roll from bottom to top (3). Tuck corners inside cuff at base of fold and stand (4). Turn one layer of point down and set on base (5).

2. BIRD OF PARADISE

Bird of Paradise napkin fold

Fold napkin in half and in half again (1). Then fold in half diagonally with points on the top and facing up (2). Fold left and right sides down along center line, turning their extended points under (3). Fold in half on long dimension with edges facing out (4). Pull up points and arrange on a fabric surface (5).

3. THE ROSE

The rose napkin fold

Fold all 4 corners of open napkin to center (1). Fold new corners to center (2). Turn napkin over and fold all 4 corners to center (3). Holding center firmly, reach under each corner and pull up flaps to form petals. Reach between petals and pull flaps from underneath (4).

4. THE GOBLET FAN

The goblet fan napkin fold

Fold napkin in half (1). Pleat from bottom to top (2). Turn napkin back 1/3 of the way on right (folded) end and place into goblet (3). Spread out pleats at top (4).

5. ROSEBUD

Rosebud napkin fold

Fold napkin in half diagonally (1) . Fold corners to meet at top point (2). Turn napkin over and fold bottom 2/3 way up (3). Turn napkin around and bring corners together, tucking one into the other (4). Turn napkin around and stand on base (5).

6. LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN

Lady Windermere's Fan napkin fold

Fold napkin in half (1). Starting at bottom, accordion pleat 2/3 way up (2). Fold in half with pleating on the outside (3). Fold upper right corner diagonally down to folded base of pleats and turn under edge (4). Place on table and release pleats to form fan (5).

7. CLOWN'S HAT

Clown's Hat napkin fold

Fold napkin in half bringing bottom to top (1). Holding center of bottom with finger, take lower right corner and loosely roll around center (2), matching corners, until cone is formed (3). Turn napkin upside down, then turn up hem all around. Turn and stand on base (4).

8. THE CARDINAL'S HAT

Cardinal's Hat napkin fold

Fold napkin in half diagonally (1). Fold corners to meet at top point (2). Turn napkin over with points to the top, fold lower corner 2/3 way up (3). Fold back onto itself (4). Bring corners together tucking one into the other. Open base of fold and stand upright (5).

9. PYRAMID

Pyramid napkin fold

Fold napkin in half diagonally (1). Fold corners to meet at top point (2). Turn napkin over and fold in half (3). Pick up at center and stand on base of triangle (4).

10. THE ARUM LILY

Arum lily napkin fold

Fold napkin bringing bottom up to top (1). Fold corners to top (2). Fold bottom point up to 1" below top (3). Fold point back onto itself (4). Fold each of points at top down and tuck under edge of folded-up bottom and fold down one layer of top point and tuck under base fold (5). Turn napkin over and tuck left and right sides into each other (6). Open base and stand (7).

11. THE CROWN

The Crown napkin fold

Fold napkin in half diagonally (1). Fold corners to meet at top point (2). Fold bottom point 2/3 way to top and fold back onto itself (3). Turn napkin over bringing corners together, tucking one into the other (4). Peel two top corners to make crown. Open base of fold and stand upright (5).

12. BISHOP'S MITRE

Bishop's Mitre napkin fold

Fold napkin bringing top to bottom (1). Fold corners to center line (2). Turn napkin over and rotate 1/4 turn (3). Fold bottom edge up to top edge and flip point out from under top fold (4). Turn left end into pleat at left forming a point on left side (5). Turn napkin over and turn right end into pleat forming a point on right side (6). Open base and stand upright (7).

Many thanks to our friends at Butler Rents for this blog. For more information, please visit them here.

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