November 24, 2010
Last-Minute Thanksgiving Details: Napkin Folding & Dinner Playlist
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Today, you are no doubt busy with your final preparations for your Thanksgiving meal.
Here are two last-minute touches for your holiday table.
In lieu of a traditional napkin fold, why not try something a bit more inventive and artful. Even the simplest folding techniques can transform your guest's place setting.
Here are some of my favorite napkin techniques for Thanksgiving...
Three Easy Napkin Folds
Lotus Napkin Fold
Modern Napkin Fold
Rose Napkin Fold For Rolls
Basic Napkin Fold For Silverware
Open Book Napkin Fold
Four Feathers Napkin Fold
Envelope Napkin Fold
1 The open book fold is pretty with both bordered napkins and plain-edged ones. Each "jacket" holds a menu and place card for the holiday meal.
2 This napkin fold, favored by the famous French chef August Escoffier, is one of several for presenting individual rolls.
3 Beautifully folded napkins set the scene for a holiday meal to remember. For best results, start with clean, pressed linen or cotton napkins. Be sure to starch them, and press each fold as you work. If you're expecting a sizable crowd for dinner, start your folding early.
4 Instead of a bright red napkin for the Lotus fold, a subtle color is less bold and elegant.
5 Give your guests something pleasant to behold -- and unroll -- with this striking contemporary napkin fold.
6 These three elegant napkin folds are easy to create, but your guests will never know.
7 This simple design is among the easiest to do, and the folded napkins stack well. Treats or a place card can be tucked inside.
8 You can see how a simple fold can transform your table top.
9 Have some fun with your napkin folding for the holidays -- I love this Turkey napkin that will stand out on any Thanksgiving table.
10 Photographed here is the turkey in the making.
11 A napkin in an accordion fold, also known as a stemware fold, is an artful accent to the holiday table. Fold the pleats in half as shown, insert the bottom into a glass, and then fan out the top pleats.
12 Tuck silverware neatly into napkin pockets for an elegant appearance.
13 Tall folds are a clever way to make a crowded table seem less so.
I asked Kerstin Czarra to create a Thanksgiving playlist filled with uniquely American music (past and present) to enjoy over cocktails or dinner.
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