The Standing Fan fold is an elegant, show-stopping way to dress up your formal holiday table. Although it looks a bit intimidating, it’s actually very simple to achieve.
For a softer presentation, hand-pressing the folds is sufficient; however, for crisp folds, an iron and a bit of spray starch will work wonders.
Here’s the how-to:
Lay the napkin face down in front of you.
Fold the napkin in half, bringing the corners towards you. (Yours won’t have the accordion creases yet… we’ve worked the fold backwards so you can see what it is supposed to look like!)
Fold the napkin accordion-style from either side, leaving approximately 2-1/2 – 3 inches on the opposite side un-folded to support the fan.
Fold the napkin in half with the accordion folds on the outside.
Holding the accordion folds in one hand, grab the unfolded corners with your other hand and tuck them under the accordion folds.
Open up the fan and stand it upright. Voila!