How to Fold Napkins for Napkin Rings

Napkins have evolved from mere tools for wiping mouths and cleaning spills to stylish decor that compliments any table presentation. While napkins are already elegant, napkin rings give an added flair to the setting.

There are a dozen different napkin folding styles to try, and many more when paired with these decorative rings.

Folding napkins is made simple with this complete guide on how to fold napkins for napkin rings. From classic folds to modern techniques, spice up your table at your next event with a variety of options.

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Selecting Napkin Rings and Napkins

Every detail is important when it comes to creating a memorable dining experience. Here are some factors you should look at when choosing napkins and napkin rings:

1. Style and Design

Opt for napkin rings that fit your event's theme and design scheme. They come in a range of colors and styles to suit any event, whether it's classic, contemporary, or rustic. Captivate your guests by creating a coordinated tablescape.

2. Material and Finish

Napkin rings are available in a variety of materials and finishes; each with its unique style that enhances the aesthetics of your table. Choose from different materials, including metals, wood, and acrylics. Look into their finish, whether polished, softly matte, hammered, or adorned with crystals or beads.

3. Napkin Size and Fabric

Make sure the napkins are the right size for your table setting. Opt for fabrics like cotton, linen, or polyester because they are easy to fold, drape nicely, and can withstand frequent usage and washing. 

Basic Napkin Folding Techniques Using Napkin Rings

Transform ordinary napkins into captivating decorative elements that add flair to your dining setting. Here are step-by-step instructions for three easy napkin folding styles that are perfect for displaying napkin rings.

Square Fold

  1. Place the square napkin flat on a clean surface.
  2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally to make a triangle.
  3. Fold the triangle's left and right corners into the middle, slightly overlapping.
  4. Flip the napkin over and fold the bottom point of the triangle up towards the top to form a small square or rectangle.
  5. Slip the folded napkin into the napkin ring. Make sure the corners are neatly tucked in for a finished finish.

Triangle Fold

  1. Place the square napkin on a clean, level surface.
  2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle.
  3. Fold the bottom corner of the triangle towards the top, creating a smaller triangle.
  4. Continue folding in the same way to create additional layers.
  5. Slide the napkin into the napkin ring, with the point facing up.

Roll Fold

  1. Lay a rectangular napkin on a clean surface.
  2. Fold the napkin in half lengthwise, creating a long, narrow strip.
  3. Make a cylindrical shape by tightly rolling the napkins from one end to the other.
  4. Slip the rolled napkin into the napkin ring.

Advanced Napkin Folding Ideas

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Explore more advanced napkin folding techniques to add a luxurious vibe to the table setting. Follow these steps for creating beautifully folded napkins:

Fan Fold

  1. Lay a rectangular napkin on a clean surface.
  2. Fold the napkin lengthwise, creating a long, narrow strip.
  3. Fold the napkin accordion-style, starting at one end. Create even pleats that run across the full length.
  4. Gently flatten the pleats to form a fan-shaped napkin. 
  5. Secure the napkin with a napkin ring for a stunning presentation. Place the napkin in the center of the plate.

Rosette Fold

  1. Place a square or rectangular napkin flat on a clean surface.
  2. Begin at one corner and fold the napkin into a series of intricate pleats, alternating the direction with each fold.
  3. Once the napkin is completely pleated, roll and twist it tightly to form a rosette-shaped napkin.
  4. Adjust the folds and tucks to get the desired look. 
  5. To add a stylish touch, secure it with a napkin ring before placing the rosette-shaped napkin on each place setting.

Presentation and Styling Tips

Pair your napkins and napkin rings with table decor that matches to create a gorgeous setting. Match or contrast the color of your napkins with the tablecloths, table runners, or even chair covers. Coordinate the color and style of your table wares such as plates, glasses, and utensils. 

Choose napkin rings that match the materials and finishes of your dinnerware, whether it's porcelain, acrylic, or stainless steel. Finally, you can add ornamental accents to your napkin folds like sprigs of greenery, small flowers, or foliage. 

Start purchasing napkins and napkin rings today and create a beautiful table arrangement that will impress your guests!

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