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Napkin 101


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Did you know that there are three different types of napkins? There is the Beverage napkin – and as its title suggests is for functions where cocktails and canapés are served. Luncheon – for the lunch time function and the Dinner napkin, of course the largest napkin and used for dinner. Basically the more food there is, the bigger the napkin!

For the informal occasion, you can use the paper napkins but for formal events like your wedding reception, the linen napkin is what you need, or if it is down to budget you can get napkins made out of a paper but are denser and close to fabric. Most reception venues will supply their own reception linen, including the napkins but if you want to personalise your reception by going for a different colour napkin, have a look at Pink Frosting’s range of cloth napkins.

There are so many ways to present the humble napkin. There are different styles of folding and you can even do it yourself or instruct the reception manager to have them folded the way you want. For informal occasions where you are using paper napkins, why not have a few of the napkins folded into “Standing Fans” to decorate the food tables? Simple to do, you take the paper napkin and lay it face down in front of you. Fold it in half with the “open side” towards you. Then you start to fold the napkin “accordion” style starting at the narrow end (either end). Leave about 2 to 3 inches of unfolded napkin as this will be the base to support the fan.

Fold your napkin in half with the “accordion” folds on the outer. Grasping the unfolded corners together to meet on the open end, fold them diagonally (triangle) and tuck the ends under the accordion fold. Open the fan and stand it up. Set up a collection of them around the food and drink table.

Formal events, you can’t go wrong with the simple and classic Silverware Pouch. With the napkin laid out face down fold it in half with the “open end” facing you. Then fold the napkin into quarters. Have the napkin positioned so that the open corner is facing away on the left. Fold the top layer of the napkin in half, diagonally, pressing it down to form a crease.

Turn the napkin over and the open corner now faces the right. Fold the right side back to 1/3 of the way, pressing down to form a crease. Fold back the left side to about 1/3 and crease. Flip the napkin over, smooth and in the pouch place the silverware.

A really easy and pretty presentation for your napkin is the Fleur De Lys. With the napkin laid out flat, fold diagonally in half. Have the open end of the napkin pointing towards you. Fold up the bottom point so the tip sits up over the edge by about an inch. From left to right, fold the napkin like an accordion, holding the base of the napkin; secure it in a napkin ring or glass and fan out the napkin to reveal the Fleur De Lys. 

There are other “napkin-gami” options out there, a search on line can help you choose the type of presentation and how to. For your napkins be they paper or fabric and napkin rings, you only need one shop and that is Australia’s #1 Wedding and Party Shop.

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