Charming Napkin Folding Tutorial for Your Fall Table

As soon as picnic and BBQ season is over, it's time to bring the party inside. And setting a pretty autumnal table is one of the fun benefits that comes with cooler weather. Fancy napkin folding instantly elevates a meal. These pretty folded napkins with fresh flowers, leaves and berries are a sure way to make your guests feel welcomed.

As far as I'm concerned, the best part of hosting a Thanksgiving meal is getting to set the scene. I'm excited to take out my china and my favorite linens. This year, fancy napkin folding is definitely on the table.

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Image Credit: Jeran McConnel

Things You'll Need

  • Large cloth napkins

  • Iron

  • Spray starch

  • Fresh flowers, leaves, and berries

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Step 1: Start with a crisp, ironed napkin.

Be sure to start with a crisp, pressed napkin. I love to use a little spray starch to keep the creases sharp and clean.

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Step 2: Fold the napkin in half.

With the crease at the bottom, fold the napkin in half.

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Step 3: Fold in half again.

Fold the napkin in half again to the right so that creases are on the bottom and left hand side.

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Step 4: Fold down the top two layers.

Fold down the top layer and tuck it under, then do the same with the next layer.

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Step 5: Fold the right hand side under.

Fold the right hand side under (the back) 2 inches.

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Step 6: Fold the left side under as well.

Flip over the napkin and fold over the other side so that the two sides meet on the back.

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Step 7: Press the napkin.

Press the napkin flat so that all the creases are crisp and sharp.

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Step 8: Tuck flowers into the folds.

Add flowers, leaves and berries to the folds on the napkin. Play with colors and textures. I chose to pair peach with a camel colored napkin for a modern fall palette.

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I'm trying to keep my fall palette modern and fresh. I'm playing with copper, peach and camel. Orange seems overdone, so I'm ready to try something new. What colors are catching your eye this season?

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Image Credit: Jeran McConnel
Image Credit: Jeran McConnel