Give your Thanksgiving table a touch of elegance with an intricate-looking folded napkin.
ELEGANT NAPKIN FOLD. To make the lotus-shaped fold, follow the basic instructions and diagram below. Our setting has a formal Asian twist, but for a more casual effect, you can replace the delicate lacquer vessel with a rustic soup bowl and the glass charger with a wood or earthenware one. If soup isn't on your menu, place a small gourd or pumpkin inside the lotus flower fold.
DESIGN AND DIAGRAM: Lois Steinhardt
To create the napkin fold, select a 15- to 17-inch-square linen or cotton napkin and lay it flat. Make sure the napkin has a well-stitched edge ― a hemstitched napkin works best.