How to fold napkins for Christmas is one of those last minute thoughts as you rush to lay the table. However, an unceremonial dumping of ‘serviettes’ can just as easily spoil the look of an otherwise decorative tablescape. Our Christmas ideas for how to fold napkins, can make a subtle but effective difference.
How to fold napkins for Christmas
Napkin rings are a beautiful finishing touch, however, you don’t necessarily need them to create our are easily achievable looks. Simply substitute for twine, or even foliage cut from the garden, if you’re looking for a way to secure your napkins. You can even get the kids to help, it’s one more thing to keep them busy before the Big Man himself arrives.
Style your table with plenty of flourish using our creative Christmas napkin folding ideas…
1. Knot and elegantly drape
For a relaxed Christmas table decoration idea, simply tie a neat knot in a lightweight linen napkin. Drape it across the top of a bowl or plate to look like a pretty bow. Pick pastel pink linen and white tableware for a soft, feminine look.
2. Make a Christmas tree
Create the ultimate festive place setting by folding your napkins into miniature Christmas trees. It goes without saying that this looks best using green coloured napkins.
3. Create a fan shape
If you’re feeling fancy then try this swish fan shape. Simply thread one corner of the napkin through a napkin ring and fan out the other three corners. Lay centrally on the plate.
Why not co-ordinate your napkins and tablecloth to create cohesive Christmas place settings? If you’re using a statement print, team with simple tableware and colour block placemats.
4. Tie at the top with string
Keep it simple with a rectangular folded napkin tied at the top third using twine. Tuck in a sprig of fragrant rosemary and add a mini bauble to finish.
5. Try a relaxed pinch and pull
This is an informal take on the classic pinch and pull. Fold your napkin in half and thread through a napkin ring. Don’t be too precious about making it neat. Lastly, drape to one-side of the place setting so the napkin overlaps the edge of the table.
6. Knot around cutlery
Tie your napkins in a knot around the cutlery. Place in the middle of each plate so the napkin ends fall at an angle. Top with a hand-written place name and a sprig of eucalyptus or myrtle.
7. Keep it simple for kids
Delight children and adults alike with fun paper napkins made to look like snowmen. Fold white napkins in half and add a face and buttons using stickers. Finish by loosely tying with a red ribbon as a scarf.
8. Fold and tie with twine
Fold larger napkins so they’ll sit neatly on the plate. The easiest way is to fold top to botton corners, then left to right. Repeat the left to right fold again for particularly large, and rectangular napkins.
Secure with twine, but don’t tie so tight that your guests can’t release the napkin to lay it on their laps!
9. Effortlessly drape napkins
This isn’t an easy one to pull off without looking messy. But if you are working with linen napkins, artfully draping them over the plate can look stunning. A carefully placed table marker and decoration will help things look more deliberate.
10. Make into a point
You’ll need a large square napkin to create this look. It’s a lot like making a paper plane. With the napkin in front of you take the bottom right corner, and using the bottom left corner as a pivot, rollercoaster the napkin until you reach the bottom left-to-top right diagonal.
Do the same from the top left corner, rolling down. Secure the napkin in place with an elastic band to make things less fiddly, then tie with twine and remove the band.
11. Go for a basic pinch and pull
This is an easy one. Using thumb and forefinger, pinch the centre of your napkin, then pull it through a napkin ring. It couldn’t be simpler.
12. Go geometric
Take a small square napkin, or a large square folded top to bottom, then left to right. Turn it towards you to form a diagonal, then tuck the left and right corners under to create this neat shape, which shows off any monogram or subtle motif beautifully.
13. Hit the peak
Create mini christmas tree shapes with napkins that stand to attention.Fold into triangles, then fan out so the napkins stand up. Lay in the middle of your place settings and add a star at the top to finish.
14. Make a sleek roll
Fold your napkin in half and the half again, and roll left to right for a neat look. Decorate with mini decorations and a hand-written place name.
15. Serve together
Rather than lay your napkins on each place setting, pop them in a mason jar, enamel mug or small pot for an informal buffet-style meal. Add in cutlery wrapped with festive ribbon.
16. Tuck it under
Take a large napkin and fold it in half. Turn so the folded edge is at bottom.
Now imagine three vertical lines are splitting the napkin evenly. Fold the right side of the napkin to the imaginary line to the left. Then fold the left edge across to form a rectangle. Flip the napkin over and weigh down with flowers or cutlery.
17. Form a triangle
With small – and paper – napkins, this simple arrangement just involves taking top right corner down to the bottom left. If your napkin is lightweight, weight down with a sprig of holly and berries to stop it from fluttering away.
How do you fold a Christmas tree napkin?
1. Make sure the napkin you have is big enough. You’ll need at least a 40cm square. Iron the napkin before you begin.
2. Fold the napkin in half and in half again to make a square. Smooth out and turn it so the open corners face you in a diamond shape.
3. Turn the top corner only upwards and fold just below the apex of the diamond.
4. Repeat for the next corner, folding it so it sits below the first turned up corner.
5. Repeat for all the corners so they are staggered evenly. Carefully turn the entire folded napkin over.
6. Fold the bottom left corner of the napkin so the top corner is level with the slope of the opposite side. Repeat with the bottom right corner. You’ll be left with a point at top and bottom.
7. Turn over again so the pleats are at the top again. Working from top to bottom, fold and tuck the points up and under towards the point of the tree.
You will now have a Christmas tree shaped napkin with a flat base.
Watch our Facebook tutorial on how to make a Christmas tree napkin here.
Merry Christmas everyone!