Ways to style your napkins for your event

Written by Rea Shaw


Posted on March 09 2022

I love the little details don't you? When I'm styling an event I love designing the table elements in particular. I think these are the details that make all the difference and really elevate a design to the next level. When we have gone the extra mile to pay attention to the little things, it's a way of showing our guests how much you care about their dining experience. One area we can go to town on is with the napkins. Firstly napkins are not just 'napkins' there is so much we can do with them, so in todays's inspiring blog post, which includes a fun video, I will be sharing exploring creative ways to display them. Let's 'up the anti' with napkin design. 

There are so many options out there to chose from, endless different colours to match your scheme, different sizes to play with, textured fabrics including paper, and fun patterned designs to get creative with.


Here is a fun video below to show you how a few different looks came together. 

Napkin Wraps

If you love paper and pattern why not use a wrap to neatly present your napkin to your guests. This is a particularly great option if you are not having menus or place cards, but you feel you need some decoration on your plate to make it feel extra special for them, and like you have made an effort. I have a collection of fun napkin wrap designs that you can find here. You could also use them to wrap around a small bread roll for each individual guest.

Fern Leaf Napkin Wraps

fern leave napkin wrap

Paper Napkins

Personally I love paper napkins especially the patterned ones, they are so fun and can liven up a place setting in an instant. This is a great option if you are having a low key party and you are not having place cards and menu on the table, it can help add that something special to your tablescape. Equally it can work alongside stationery items wonderfully by adding interest to the overall design.

Top Knot Napkin

A simple knot in the top of your napkin can be enough to lay a menu on top of to give an elegant touch.

brunch table menu vellum

Vellum Brunch Menus Available here >>

Simple Folded Napkin

Depending where you want your focus on your place setting may mean all you need is to simple fold your napkin neatly, letting the stationery on top do the talking. If your menu and place cards have a busy design with illustrations, you may want to keep distracts free, so steer away from clashing patterns and fussy folding techniques.

whimiscal menu and place cards with sage green wax seal

Triple Pocket Fold 

This is a neat pocket fold, which gives you three places to put your table details. Perfect for keeping your cutlery together, slotting a menu or flower inside. Straw flags work particularly well here as they will poke out the top, ideal for an alternative place card idea. You can really get creative with this one.

Personalised Straw Flags

 Single Pocket Fold

A simpler pocket fold which looks lovely with a menu slotted inside the pocket with a place card over the top as pictured. Or you could put your cutlery inside the pocket if you do not have individual menus for your guests.

Copper Menus

Copper Name Cards

 A Simple Knot

Tying a simple knot in the napkin is perfect for a more casual look to your tables. You can put on the plate with a single menu or place card. Or off the plate if you have a lot on there already.

Menu and Name Tag >>>

 Loose Tie

This style works particularly well for an elegant table. Light, floaty napkins work best, to easily gather the napkin and tie with ribbon. This is an great way to make plain white charger plates look more interesting. Adding name tags and florals will make them look extra special for your guests.

Gold Name Tags >>>

I hope these ideas inspired you to go to the effort with your napkins.


Want to take your tables to the next level?

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event tablescape guide



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After napkins for your wedding?

I offer a hire service when you are working with me to style your wedding. If you would like to enquiry about hiring napkins and any other decor you need for your day, you can read more about my services here >>





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