Ok folks. The arrival of mid-October means only one thing besides Halloween:
The. Holiday. Season. Is. Upon. Us.
Face it. We’ve got about a month until the nostalgic refrains of Christmas carols, sparkly-twinkly lights and the heavy, inescapable scent of cinnamon pinecones inundate every venue in the northern hemisphere and beyond. Brings tears to my eyes. (Not the holidays; the cinnamon pinecones – ACK!!)
Since we published ideas and etiquette tips on The Great Buffet, the Allspice Chronicles had countless requests for instructions and ideas on napkin folds. Given that there’s no time like holiday time to practice and perfect the timeless art of “napkin origami”, every Monday from now until the end of the year we will happily feature a new napkin fold, from fancy-schmancy to buffet-roll basics. Add them to your entertainment arsenal and perfect your party-making prowess; and for heaven’s sake, teach them to the kids! Napkin folding is a great way to keep older children occupied and feeling productive while you’re doing everything else.
Today we’ll start with something on the simple side.
The Pyramid Fold
This fold is relatively easy to achieve with almost any sort of cloth. While all napkin folds will work best with a medium weight cloth, most or all of them can be achieved even on flimsy, lightweight material if you use a bit of spray starch and an iron.
Lay the napkin face down in front of you, seams facing upwards.
Fold the napkin in half diagonally.
Rotate the napkin so the corners on the open end face away from you. Fold the right corner up to meet the top corner, making sure that the new fold cuts directly down the center.
Fold up the left side just as you did the right; pat well to reinforce the seam that runs down the center.
Carefully lift the napkin and turn it over, keeping the open end facing away from you.
Fold the top, open section of the napkin down towards you and make the two points meet at the point nearest to you.
Flip the napkin over, keeping the open end towards you. Fold the napkin in half along the center seam and stand up.