Sunday, March 29, 2020

Napkins, Napkins and Napkins.....

I enjoy setting a pretty table and especially using fabric napkins.  My mother always set a pretty table and I often was in charge of the "place cards" when I was little.  This tradition was carried into my own family and now I enjoy seeing how my daughter set the table for special dinners.

Napkin folding has always been a fun way for me to dress up a table.  My Mom gave me this book in the early 90's.....


...and I keep this is tucked inside:


I store my napkins in fabric boxes I purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop.  I keep them in the guest linen closet:



There are so many napkin folding videos online and clever ideas found on Pinterest.

Here are a few of my ideas to inspire you:


This bunny fold is very popular and easy to create - fold your napkin into a triangle and roll it from the fold to the point.  Tuck and egg inside and tie tight with a ribbon or twine.


You can use a hard boiled egg and write a name on it as a 'place card'.


This is another bunny fold, a bit more detailed:


A hard boiled egg can also be ticked in for a face:


A simple knotted napkin holds flatware, great idea for a buffet:


Rose Fold is perfect for a spring table setting:


Another idea for spring is to create a bird's nest out of your napkin:


Fleur de Lis is a common fold and works well with a paper napkin, too:


This is a cute Rose Fold:


This is another cute fold to hold Easter eggs, or candy treats:


This is perfect for a beach or pool party - fold your napkin into a boat.  


Sometimes just simply tucking it into a glass, bowl or cup can add some fun to your table:


 Here are a few Napkin folding videos to inspire you;
 Many of these folds can be created with paper napkins, too.

Here are some cute ways to use NAPKIN RINGS:


Use a simple tassel, or a felt flower to wrap around a rolled napkin:


These are ceramic rings from Pottery Barn:



Think outside the box - this is a hair tie:


This ribbon is attached to the placemat and it ties around the napkin, silverware can be tucked inside and all rolled up - perfect for dining al fresco:


These are simple to make:



A napkin rolled into a bow is perfect for any occasion:


Large leaves or florals can wrap around a napkin to make it festive....


...any item that has a wired stem works well:




POCKETS:
These are perfect for buffets and dining al fresco:


 I found these at the dollar store, the 3 little slits hold plastic silverware and are perfect for picnics:


This napkin fold creates pockets:


These pockets are created from wired burlap ribbon:




So, why use cloth napkins?
They hold up better and are not wasteful, and they are more environmentally friendly. They are decorative and add flair to a table setting. A family of 4, using 2 paper napkins a day can cost over $100 a year.   Fabric napkins are inexpensive and you will have them forever.

Teaching your child the art of napkin folding might make table setting a fun chore for them!




Do you use fabric napkins?

4 comments:

  1. The place settings you post are SUCH an inspiration to me, Patti. We cook an incredible array of food for holidays, but I set a TERRIBLE table. I tried cloth napkins in our early years, but I could never seem to get them clean enough afterward (a post on your tips would be most welcome), so I switched to paper. Dang, I don't even do a pretty tablescape.

    I look forward to trying some of these ideas a little further down the calendar. Thanks for the great inspo! You are the queen of settings!!

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  2. Oh Patti, so many creative napkin folds for your gorgeous settings. Hard to choose a favorite but now I'm all in for the bunny ears. Such a great post. Happy Spring.

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  3. Wow, these are all sooo cute! I am lazy when it comes to the napkins in my tablescapes, I need to expand my repertoire! I will be pinning away!
    Jenna

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