How to Fold Napkins for Thanksgiving Place Setting

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Learn how to fold napkins when setting a table for Thanksgiving in this free holiday meal etiquette video from a Thanksgiving dinner authority.

Part of the Video Series: How to Set a Table for Thanksgiving
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Now that we have decided on the linens I'm going to show you some different ways that you can fold napkins to make it a little bit more interested for your Thanksgiving table. First of all you want to start off with a large square cloth napkin. You can use better quality paper napkins but cloth ones are a lot easier to work with. For our first napkin fold you want to bring one corner over to the other so you get a nice big triangle and the fold each corner up to make a point. Then you fold this in half, fold it in half again and you have a triangular shape napkin that would hold up on its own. You just place it on the plate. Another super easy fold that you can do just fold it into quarters and then fold it in half, bring each corner about a third of the way in. Then you have an ice little napkin that almost looks like a pocket square. A more interesting and fun napkin fold is to do is the fan. You see them frequently at restaurants and it is pretty easy to do and it always look nice spread out on the table. So you want to fold the napkin in half so you have a nice long rectangle. Then you are going to fold that about a inch at a time accordion style until you are almost at the edge of the napkin. When you get about 2 inches from the edge of the napkin you are going to take the accordion fold, fold it in half this way and then take this last part that is back fold it underneath the fold it part. Let me show you that again. See how you have the accordion folded, fold it in half this way so that the accordion fold is on the outside. Then you take the outside corner, fold it in like this and then you let the napkin open so that you have a graceful fan for sitting on your table.

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