Napkin Folding Techniques

Fan Napkin Fold*

  • Fold napkin in half and then make 1/2” accordion pleats, starting a bottom.
  • Fold in half with pleating on the outside.
  • Fold upper right corner diagonally to folded base of pleats and turn under edge.
  • Place on table and release pleats to form fan.

Fan Napkin Fold

Cardinal's Hat Napkin Fold*

  • Fold napkin in half diagonally and then fold corners to meet at top point.
  • Turn napkin over with points to the top, fold lower corner 2/3 way up.
  • Fold back onto self.
  • Bring corners together, tucking one into the other.
  • Open base of fold and stand upright.

Cardinal's Hat Napkin Fold

* Source: Custom Linen Service

Did you know …

Historians believe the use of cloth napkins began in the Middle Ages, when instead of using the tablecloth, strips of cloth were introduced to wipe mouths.

Napkin Etiquette

  • Only place your napkin in your lap once everyone is seated at the table.
  • Never shake a folded napkin.
  • If you need to leave your seat during the meal, place your napkin on your chair.
  • At the end of your meal, placing your napkin to the right of your plate is the appropriate way to indicate you are finished.