Use party planning skills for the tulip fold
May 15, 2009
The dinner parties that people tend to remember are the ones where every last detail was thought out, from the seating arrangements to the lighting during the meal.
One aspect that can really add some elegance to your soirée is folding your cloth napkins in a unique and interesting way.
Sure, it will quickly be unfolded and resting on people's laps once the evening begins, but it's the setup and the way the table looks that will truly grab people's attention.
The tulip fold is a fairly easy one to do and requires a napkin ring (ideally, use rings that either match with something on the table - such as the color of the table cloth - or the chairs).
First, fold the napkin in half diagonally, making a triangle in the process. While holding the bottom center point flat, form a center pleat with the napkin. With one hand still holding the center of the napkin down, create two side pleats (almost resembles an upside-down paper airplane).
After that, take your napkin ring and pull the bottom section of the napkin (the part you were holding) through the ring to create a lovely design that resembles a tulip.