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Fancy Ways to Fold Paper Serviettes

Paper napkins or paper serviettes can be the most critical element of all your table decorations. It is certainly the most functional decoration.  

December is a month for family and feasting – it is a time for big cooking and wonderful shared meals.

You’ve probably already started planning some of the many details for those special meals; making to do lists for ingredients; guests and last minute bit and pieces. One item you must put near the top of the list is a selection of quality paper serviettes.

Quality Paper Serviettes

Even if you don’t like a formal or fussy table, paper napkins, especially when they are beautifully folded, add a very special touch.

We all know the run of the mill every day paper serviettes that can be found in any take-away packet or on a family dinner table. These are functional and do their job.  What we are talking about now are their glamorous cousins – the high quality fancy paper napkins

You know, you can literally transform your table with creative and classy napkin folds for every occasion.

Definition of a Napkin

A napkin, serviette or face towelette is a rectangle of cloth or paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and fingers while eating. It is usually small and folded sometimes in intricate designs and shapes.

Since the beginning, humans used their fingers to eat and we still do. Utensils have been around in various forms for thousands of years. Depending on one’s skill with utensils, eating may or may not be less messy.

The word napkin is derived from nappe (French for cloth or tablecloth) combined with the suffix kin (meaning little) and is defined as a small piece of cloth or paper, usually square, used while eating for protecting the clothes and wiping the fingers or lips.

Some Interesting Napkin History Highlights

  • Ancient Romans used cloths to wipe their fingers and mouth while dining.
  • During the middle ages, a cloth was hung from the edge of the table and served as a communal napkin.
  • By the 16th century, napkins had been separated from the table for individual use.
  • During the 19th century, napkin rings were created to help household members identify their napkins for reuse between washings.
  • Scott Paper introduced the paper napkin in the 1930s.

The first American company to introduce paper napkins was Scott Paper, but that did not occur until 1931. Other paper products, including tissues and paper towels, were also introduced around this time, but using paper napkins did not become popular in the United States until the 1950s.

So now that we know all about Paper Serviettes, why not sty to make some special folds?

(You know that Household Plastic Stores have a wide range of beautiful, classy quality Serviettes, so have a look.)

Lets’ try a simple Origami Bow Tie Napkin fold

  1. Open a square paper napkin and lay flat on a surface.
  2. Bring the left and right edges in and fold them to meet in the middle.
  3. Repeat the folding step.
  4. Fold the outside edges into the middle.

If you are confused, you can see the diagram and two more for beautiful origami folded paper napkins right here.

I’m sure this will just whet your appetite for napkin folding. It is one of those things that gets you plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” from the guests and also makes you table look awesome. If the kids have mastered the Origami paper folding, get them to help you to fold the napkins.

Watch this video and learn how to do some amazing decorative napkin folding.

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