Know When To Hold ‘em, Know How to Fold ‘em

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By Cindy Edwards

The way a napkin is folded at a place setting helps to set the mood for any meal. A simple half fold laid crisply on a white plate and you’ll probably be dining on a contemporary meal. A napkin loose on a plate and probably a messy yet simple meal is ahead. But, a napkin folded on a plate like the one I’m going to show you below means the meal to come is going to be something special!


Step 1:

Fold napkin in half diagonally to create a triangle. Keep monogram at point.

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Step 2:

Fold bottom corners of triangle up to create a square. The fold should cover the monogram.
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Step 3:
Turn crease to back so that monogram is at the back. The front should be blank.
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Step 4:
Fold up to create another triangle. Crease should be at front.
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Step 5:
Fold right bottom corner across and tuck into left bottom corner.
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Step 6:
Stand napkin up and fold sides down to hold in position. This will expose the monogram.
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Let your napkin set the mood for your meal!

Properly yours,
Cindy

Cindy Edwards embodies everything pretty, perky and proper about the South. She's a wife, mother, volunteer and freelance writer. Cindy volunteers enough hours to exhaust most by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Telfair Museums, the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Honors Advisory Board. She has also served on the Boards of the March of Dimes and Young Life Savannah. Cindy has been married to her college sweetheart, Dr. Joe Edwards III, for 25 years and is the proud mother of two sons: Joe IV, a senior at the University of Georgia, and Jack, a freshman at Ole Miss. No matter how busy, Cindy always makes time for a competitive game of bridge.
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So good to see you again. Loved your show. See you soon I hope. Happy Holidays : )

By Lorraine Glover on December 24, 2013

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Thanks, Cindy, I will use this today

By Shirley on December 15, 2011

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I love this one!

By Ellen Bielan on September 30, 2011

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Beautiful napkin and it looks very elegant the way you folded it! Thanks for sharing!

By Lisa on August 12, 2011

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Wow! I'll have to try this beautiful fold soon. Thanks for another interesting piece that reminds us of Southern beauty.

By Viki on August 10, 2011

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Great idea for napkins! I really like the pictures because I am a visual learner!

By Gina Phillips on August 07, 2011

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Cindy, thank you so much for the instructions on how to fold this napkin. It makes a beautiful and inviting place setting.

By Joyce on August 06, 2011

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Great information! Even I could follow those directions.

By Karen on August 05, 2011

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Great info for those of us who aren't sure how to do this. Thanks for letting us know. Can't wait to try it out. Great job, Cindy.

By Sandra on August 05, 2011

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This fold looks great with napkins that don't have monograms, too! Thanks!

By Laura on August 03, 2011

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Cloth napkins are so beautiful and really dress-up the dinner table. Thanks for the great information. I'm going to start folding my napkins and using them more often. Your instrucions are very easy to follow. Anne

By Anne on August 02, 2011

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my napkin just will not turn out like yours i hope that on your show you will show how to do fold the napkin for it to stand

By meme on July 31, 2011

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love your down home cooking.

By Charlie Finton on July 30, 2011

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