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How to Fold Napkins the French Way

Set a table that’s tres chic by folding your napkins French style.


  • Step 1: Iron the napkin Iron the napkin.
  • TIP: For an especially crisp look, use starch.
  • Step 2: Fold in half Fold the napkin in half diagonally and then shift it so that the long side is on the left.
  • Step 3: Pull corner down Take the top corner and pull it down toward you, to the right of the bottom tip, until the two tips are about four inches apart.
  • Step 4: Fold again Fold the top-most point over until you have three even sections.
  • Step 5: Drape Drape the finished product over the dinner plate.
  • FACT: In ancient Rome, the main purpose of the napkin was to wipe one’s brow during meals eaten in the hot sun.

You Will Need

  • A cloth napkin
  • An iron
  • Starch

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