Napkins, while adding to the festive look of any table, are meant to be used. There is no need to lick your chops like some, dare I say, junkyard dog. Generally, you should place your napkin on your lap immediately upon sitting at the table. The fold should face you and the point should face towards the floor. When leaving the table, loosely fold your napkin and place it to the left of your plate. Don’t crumble! Don’t wad! Don’t ball! There is no reason to punish an innocent piece of linen created solely for the purpose of keeping your pucker pretty.
Once you know the basics of using your napkin, PP suggests you embrace your creative side. Try this napkin fold at your next gathering, or Bachelor finale dinner party, and you will come out smelling like a rose.
Step 1: With the napkin placed flat in a diamond in front of you, fold the top corner of the napkin down to the bottom corner of the napkin.
Step 2: Take the left corner and fold it over to the right corner.
Step 3: Take the bottom corner and fold it up to the right corner. You should end up with a small upside-down triangle.
Step 4: Fold the bottom corner up halfway to the top side.
Step 5: Fold the bottom half up to the top half.
Step 6: Flip the napkin over on the other side.
Step 7: Starting at one end, roll the napkin tightly.
Step 8: Place the rose bud in the top of a wine glass. Be careful not to let it drop to the bottom on the glass. Gently let go of the rose and let it “bloom” to where the rim of the glass is holding it up.
Parker Presley is known in certain social circles as the preeminent expert in etiquette and invites you to contact him with even the most embarrassing question or tricky situation so that you, too, may be top dog in any setting. Please contact him at parkerpresley@epicureanCG.com.