“What is it? A red banana? “
Ummmm….No. This is the Crown Fold. If you need something regal or royal, this is one way to pull out all the stops and embellish your table setting (in a royal banana sort of way).
Just about the time you think it’s “stuffy”, think again! This is a terrific fold for a kids’ party; use reversible patterned napkins for fun results.
Don’t panic if you have to practice this one a few times. And note: an iron and some spray starch work wonders… if you’re going to the trouble, go all the way!
The Crown Fold
Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.
Fold the napkin in half diagonally, and orient it so that the open ends face away from you.
Fold the right corner up so that the point rests directly on top of the middle corner and the fold creates a center line.
Repeat Step 3 with the other side, and create a diamond shape with all points facing away from you.
Turn napkin over carefully so that the new open seam lies face down.
Fold the bottom corner closest to you up about 2/3rds of the way up and press down well.
Now take the top of the inner triangle and fold it down, bringing the point to rest on the near edge of the napkin, and exactly on the center line. Press well. (This is a good time for an iron!)
Curl the right and left sides of the napkin up and around, tucking one inside the other so that they securely meet and hold in the middle.
Now stand the napkin up and tug at the sides, molding and shaping where needed to make sure it’s even and well-rounded in appearance.