Basic techniques for folding napkins include a bowtie, collared shirt, rosette, kimono, candle and bishop's hat. Some designs, like the collared shirt and bishop's hat, feature a uniquely folded napkin as the center of attention. The bowtie design involves a simple fold with a center bow that creates a sophisticated, clean look with minimal effort.
The bishop's hat design involves placing napkins vertically on plates. Napkins are pressed and folded with the centers serving as a base. They are folded in two, and placed standing so that the four corners, with two pinched together on each side, resemble triangles.
For a very simple but elegant look, the candle is an ideal design. This look is achieved by folding the napkin into the shape of a triangle, rolling it and sticking it into a glass. There is room for creativity with the base glasses, which can be simple water glasses or elaborate flutes. Napkin-holding glasses can be customized with name tags for a unique and personalized finish.
The bowtie is another simple but elegant way to arrange napkins. This method begins with laying a clean and pressed napkin flat on the table. Then, fold opposing sides in to meet at the center. Fold them again horizontally to create a long, narrow ribbon. Lastly, fold the short ends in to meet in the middle. Finish the look by tying a bow, made of the same color or a complementary color, in the center. Glue the bow at the back, with that side facing down. Napkins are then placed on plates for decoration.