Dinner Napkin Nest for your Easter Table

Blue and White cloth cotton dinner napkin fold

Of course we love napkin folds but they have to be easy like our linens.  This one is very simple and will add an extra 'wow' to your Easter table.  You might even get the children to put the napkins in their laps!  

blue and white cotton dinner napkin folding tips for easter
blue and white cotton dinner napkin folding tips for easter
Cotton blue and white dinner napkin fold
Cotton blue and white dinner napkin fold

Steps 1 & 2

cloth napkin fold blue and white dinner napkins
cloth napkin fold blue and white dinner napkins
Blue and White cotton dinner napkin fold cloth
Blue and White cotton dinner napkin fold cloth

Steps 3 & 4

Easter Napkin Fold
Easter Napkin Fold
Blue and White Easter cloth napkin fold
Blue and White Easter cloth napkin fold

Steps 5 & 6

Easter Dinner Napkin fold blue and white cloth
Easter Dinner Napkin fold blue and white cloth
Cotton cloth dinner napkins blue and white
Cotton cloth dinner napkins blue and white

Steps 7 & 8

Cotton dinner napkin for Easter Blue and white
Cotton dinner napkin for Easter Blue and white

Voila!

Cotton dinner napkins for Easter napkin folding
Cotton dinner napkins for Easter napkin folding

 Pick your favorite goodies and stuff the napkins for a sweet treat on the table.

Fatten up your regular old Tuesday routine this Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras table linens cotton green gold purple

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Fatten up your regular old Tuesday routine this Mardi Gras, March 4th.

Set a table with rich purples, golds and greens.

Throw some Mardi Gras beads in a glass vase or bowl.  (I can always find a fine selection of broken beads in my kid’s toy chest!)  Fold your napkins into this fleur-de-lis shape.  Light candles and don some gold, green and purple lone Ranger masks!  Voila!

cloth napkin folding gold and white
cloth napkin folding gold and white
gold cotton dinner napkins napkin folding
gold cotton dinner napkins napkin folding

Now for the Gras to your Mardi!  Here is our menu fit for a King!

Mardi Gras place setting cotton table linens green purple
Mardi Gras place setting cotton table linens green purple

Thank you to Este for providing these delicious recipes!

Sausage-and-Shrimp-Jambalaya Hen House Linens
Sausage-and-Shrimp-Jambalaya Hen House Linens
King Cake Hen House Linens
King Cake Hen House Linens

Don't RUFFLE your feathers! This napkin fold is easy...

Ruffle napkin fold
Ruffle napkin fold

1. Start by folding into a triangle.

napkin fold for Thanksgiving
napkin fold for Thanksgiving

2.  Fold up the corners.

fun napkin fold for Thanksgiving
fun napkin fold for Thanksgiving

3.  Flip it over.

gold napkin for Thanksgiving
gold napkin for Thanksgiving

4.  Fold up the bottom corner.

fun cotton napkin folds
fun cotton napkin folds
napkin folds for the kids table
napkin folds for the kids table

5.  Flip back.

gold cotton napkins
gold cotton napkins

6.  Fold in the sides.

turkey fold for Thanksgiving
turkey fold for Thanksgiving

7.  Tuck the right side into the left side

napkin fold for the Thanksgiving table
napkin fold for the Thanksgiving table
fun napkin folds
fun napkin folds

8.  Stand up.  Adorn with feathers or tuck in a name card.

tablesetting for Thanksgiving
tablesetting for Thanksgiving
cotton napkin folds
cotton napkin folds

Picnic Game

I pre-fold my napkins and stuff with utensils when packing my picnic basket.  The sleeping bag fold is tried and true and makes the unpacking easy and is sure to impress your fellow picnickers.  

Check out this fold and other inspirational napkin origami here:

https://www.pinterest.com/henhouselinens/napkin-folding-with-the-hen/

set the scene

Emily and I have finally reached the final “chunk” of planning for her “grown up” Thanksgiving dinner.  Read more here and here.  Setting the scene.  I explained to her that this is part of the planning that will put you in a tizzy and take away from time spent braising the turkey and enjoying your guests.  My advice, do as much as you possibly can days in advance. 1.  GO WITH THE FLOW.  Determine where you are going to put people before during and after you eat.  Set up seating areas, move tables, lamps, décor to make your space more festive and more importantly for better flow.  Set up drink and hors d’oeuvre “stations” away from where you are working in the kitchen!   Have a pre-determined place for coats, bags and gear.  Emily and I came up with a great idea to set up a bench by her front entrance with a sign that reads coats and cell phones here.  (We love the idea of being tuned out for a few hours.)

Harvest setting
Harvest setting
entance
entance
fireplace
fireplace

2.  SET THE TABLE.  So what if you have to eat at the counter for a few meals.  Go ahead and set that beautiful table EARLY.  It will inspire you and there is nothing more inviting to your guests than entering to a table ready to gather around.

printable menus for Thanksgiving
printable menus for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving Table

3.  PLATE IT UP.  When a meal as large as Thanksgiving comes together, chaos can ensue.   Cut down on the crazy by labeling trays, serving spoons, platters, pitchers and bowls for every dish.  You will thank me later.

Thanksgiving planning
Thanksgiving planning

When the big day arrives, all you will need to do is tie on that cute hostess apron, pour a nice drink and welcome your guests.   Oh, and relax.  Everything won’t be perfect, but it isn’t about the corn pudding not setting, it’s about the memory for years to come of how everyone laughed and enjoyed corn soup.

Set A Scene

colorful table linens

Set a scene that makes people want to linger.  A gorgeous table will have guests chatting long after the last glass of wine is poured and the pie finished.

For summer pick bold, bright colors for your table linens and flowers.  Go the extra step and print a quick menu card for a fun polished look.  Set the table first so that when guests arrive you can serve, sit and enjoy.

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Show Mom you learned how to...

Mother's Day table setting

Set a proper table!

Show her that all of those years of manners training (nagging?) paid off!  We love this napkin fold.  You can tuck a little note or homemade gift certificate right in it.

Yellow and white dinner napkin cloth napkin folding
Yellow and white dinner napkin cloth napkin folding
simple cloth dinner napkin folds
simple cloth dinner napkin folds
cotton dinner napkins cloth napkin folding
cotton dinner napkins cloth napkin folding
cloth napkin folds yellow and white dinner napkins
cloth napkin folds yellow and white dinner napkins
cotton dinner napkins yellow and white napkin folds
cotton dinner napkins yellow and white napkin folds
mother's day cloth napkin fold
mother's day cloth napkin fold
yellow and white table setting
yellow and white table setting
cotton dinner napkin fold yellow and white
cotton dinner napkin fold yellow and white
simple cotton dinner napkin fold
simple cotton dinner napkin fold

Props:

Lattice Work Butter Dinner Napkin

Gracious Linden Tablecloth

The card was stamped with homemade potato stamps!  Learn how to make your own here.