Christmas Napkin Folding Ideas

8 Dec 2022

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From the star on the tree to the stockings on the fireplace, Christmas is all about embracing those special finishing touches. We asked AMARA's Chief Creative Director, Sam Hood, how she makes Christmas extra-special and what she does to impress her guests. Her answer? Napkins.

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Christmas is the perfect time to make a special effort, and no table setting is complete without napkins. I’ve perfected three simple-yet-statement napkin folding ideas to wow my guests and bring an added touch of festive cheer to Christmas dining.

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The Christmas Tree Fold

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Christmas Tree Napkin Fold Steps

The Christmas Tree fold makes a real statement but is surprisingly easy to follow. This look works well with green napkins, but can be incorporated into any colour scheme. A charming addition to your festive table setting.

  1. Lay the napkin flat and fold it in half by taking the two lower corners and meeting them with the top corners.
  2. Fold in in half again by taking the two left hand side corners and meeting the right-hand side then rotate the napkin so you have diamond looking shape.
  3. Take the bottom corner and fold the first layer to meet the top of the shape. Repeat this with each layer so that all four corners are now folded.
  4. Turn it over and fold the left-hand side to meet the edge of the shape. Repeat this with the right-hand side. You should now be left with a smaller diamond shape.
  5. Turn it over ensuring the folded corners are facing downwards. Now fold each of the four layers up making sure you tuck the corner of each one underneath the layer above.

The Pocket Fold

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Napkin Pocket Fold Steps

Simple yet sophisticated. The Pocket Fold is perfect for traditional table settings. One of my go-to napkin folds, it is ideal for showcasing your special-occasion cutlery and can be used long after the Christmas tree is taken down.

  1. Lay the napkin flat and fold it in half by taking the two lower corners and meeting them with the top corners.
  2. Fold in in half again by taking the two left hand side corners and meeting the right-hand side.
  3. Take the top right-hand corner and fold it towards the lower left-hand corner then turn it over.
  4. Then take the left-hand side and fold it so that it lines up in the middle. Repeat this with the right-hand side then turn it over and place your cutlery within the fold.

The Pendant Fold

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Pendant Napkin Fold Steps

Sitting prettily against a monochrome colour palette, the Pendant Fold is ideal for contemporary Christmas settings. With its clean, modern lines, it can work just as well against bolder hues; play around with colours across cutlery and tableware to create your own unique look.

  1. Lay the napkin flat and fold it in half by taking the two lower corners and meeting them with the top corners.
  2. Fold in in half again by taking the right-hand side and folding it until it meets the middle. Repeat with the other side.
  3. Unfold so that it looks how it did in step one, but it now has guidelines. Take the top right-hand corner and fold down to meet the first line. Repeat with the lower right-hand corner. Do the same with the left-hand side.
  4. Now take the left-hand side corner and fold into the middle. Repeat with the right-hand side then turn over.
  5. Take the right-hand corner and fold into the middle. Repeat with the remaining corners so that you are left with a diamond shape then turn it over ensuring the two flaps are on the left and right side and place your cutlery underneath each.

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