I like to use cloth napkins whenever I set the table, but especially for the holidays. Whenever I see a print or fabric I like, I grab six napkins and stash them away. (You can also pick favorite fabrics and sew your own dinner napkins.) The best part of napkins (aside from the sustainable, zero waste aspect)? Napkin folding. There are so many new napkin folding ideas to dress up your table — and I’m not talking about the cheesy fan fold you used to see in “fancy” restaurants back in the late 1980s. (Although I will admit that as a kid, I thought that was just about the height of sophistication. Yikes.)
For my Thanksgiving table, I’m keeping everything very simple, with a mix of modern and rustic accents. I had some napkins from a previous project that were a great orange color, so I grabbed them and then did some research on napkin folding. Did you know there are entire websites for butlers? There are, and they are AWESOME. One site I found actually had a demo of a napkin fold that resulted in a cross between an origami swan and the cheesy 80s fold put together, which resulted in — you guessed it — a turkey napkin. Unfortunately, that fold required two napkins per table setting, so I had to nix that idea.
One of the napkin folds I sort of liked was the “ice cream cone.” I like how it makes a tidy little package of your silverware, so that you can either place it on each plate or have them pre-bundled on a buffet table. (Did you click the link? SEE? The BUTLER’S GUILD. How fantastic is that?) But I wasn’t 100% sold on the ice cream cone fold, so I followed the directions once, and then started playing with it. Here’s what I came up with for the table my family will see on Thanksgiving. It’s pretty similar but just a bit modified for a napkin fold that’s more rectangular than cone shaped.