A New Year’s Eve Napkin Folding idea.

Since I will be abandoning you over the holiday break like a squirrel abandons a rancid nut, now is the time to show you a napkin folding idea I have for your New Year’s Eve table. (yes, I will be taking a vacation between Christmas and New Years day.) It doesn’t matter if you’re having dinner for 1, 2 or 20 you’ll want to do this. Actually I have no idea if you’ll want to do this. You might not. You really might be opposed to it if you’re having dinner at a friend’s house or in a restaurant. It takes a bold diner to walk around the table refolding all the napkins in a way you have deemed superior to their unimaginative rectangles.

I’m not saying it can’t be done, or that I wouldn’t do it, but there are some of you that have a smidge more class and restraint than I do.

Hey! Before we get into this whole napkin folding thing how about we talk about what you’re going to do for New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve is usually divided into two camps. Those who go out, and those who roll their eyes at those who go out. I’m an eye roller.

To me the only thing more depressing than going out for a few hours of forced fun on New Year’s Eve is … nothing. Nothing is more depressing.

So I have my perfect New Years Eve planned, which will involve lighting a fire in the morning, cooking the appetizers I’ll be eating for dinner in the afternoon, and then at 6 p.m. I will sit down in front of the fire, with said appetizers to watch the latest season of The Mindy Project (which I’ve been saving for this very purpose) until I pass out, fingers sticky with hoisin sauce and a spring roll stuck to my forehead. That’s it. That’s my night. And I’m looking forward to it more than I would ever look forward to any party. I like dressing up, I LOVE going out for really, really good dinners, I just don’t like to do it on New Year’s Eve. I find it gross.

You can tell me what you’re planning on doing in the comment section after I show you the joy that is the …

Tuxedo napkin fold.

When my mother, sisters and I were in Thailand in February we went on a dinner cruise (see? I dressed up, ate out and enjoyed every minute of it because it didn’t take place on New Year’s Eve). As is often the case in Thailand the food and the presentation of it on this cruise was incredibly beautiful. Even in the street markets food is presented to the customer like little presents.

It was at that dinner cruise that I was introduced to the Tuxedo napkin. At the end of the dinner the waiter noticed Pink Tool Belt sister and I trying to replicate the folding of the napkin so he showed us exactly how it was done.

And now I will show you.

 

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Fold napkin in half, forming a triangle.

 

 

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Fold down the top by about 1″.

 

 

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Flip the napkin over so the folded edge is underneath.

 

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Fold each top corner of the triangle down towards centre point.

 

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Overlap slightly at the bottom.

 

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Flip under.

 

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At this point it looks like this from the underside.

 

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Once you get the bottom flipped under, fold the edges to the back as well until it forms a tuxedo jacket shape.

 

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Fiddle with the collar so it isn’t flat.  Just round it a bit and pull it so it has some dimension.

 

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Tuck one side flap into the other on the underside.

 

 

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Admire.

Eat your appetizers.

Wipe your mouth.

Sink into the pillows.

Pass out on the couch.

 

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90 Comments

  1. Paula says:

    Perfect! Thank you for the idea and instructions.

  2. monica says:

    New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night — people who never go out any other night, decide to get dressed up and go out. Ugh. The hubs and I also stay in and have appetizers in front of the fire. Happy Appy New Year, Karen!

  3. Lynn says:

    I have to agree with you Karen about New Years , it has never been a big push to go out on that night.
    We have nice dinner listen to music … Then at 7:30 we go and watch the fire works … As we live in a small town they do the fireworks early .
    That reminds me I have to check the location and time as they changed both on the last fireworks .

  4. Stephanie says:

    Eyerollers here, the both of us. We’ll spend the evening on the couch, digesting a good meal (featuring local grass-fed beef, if I have my way), watching an opera from the Metropolitan Opera’s online library on streaming video. Or binge-watching Parks & Rec on Netflix, depending on the prevailing mood. No attempt will be made to stay awake until midnight.

  5. Rondina says:

    Nice napkin lesson. While you eat appetizers, I’ll read or work. Since relaxing brings solutions to complex problems, it will be something like 30 minutes of relaxation followed by four hours of research, analysis, and writing with Dan Patrick and the Danettes talking NFL or Rehab Addict reruns on in the background.

    Never have liked New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day is better.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Well now that you have deemed going out on New Years “gross”, I would never admit if I actually have plans to do so!! LOL! No, but seriously I don’t like to go out on New Years either. I think it has to do with when I was growing up. My parents always went out, came home trashed and my three sisters and I would spend the rest of the evening alone, dancing around in their discarded party hats and tiaras. For some reason those memories stayed with me and I have never really enjoyed going out on New Years, it is sort of depressing…yeah, almost gross. Pass the hoisin sauce….

    • lizzy says:

      Ha, Ha – my parents did the same thing – it was gross to watch them all trashed and embarrassing. I stay home, have a selection of appetizers and just chill with a good book. New Year’s eve is not a happy time to out.

  7. Cynthia says:

    That describes it perfectly. What you said. “Forced Fun”. Parties and New Year’s Eve and nightclubs with people moving to ‘jump, jump’ with one hand up in the air and looking towards their toes in a mysterious way to gauge whether their hips are really and truly inspiring to all.

    Just can’t be stuffed doing any of it.

    We’ll eat something yummy while watching a great downloaded series or movie and then go to bed when tired.

    That’s good enough for me as I will already have gone outside to ask the moon/universe/stars/higher power/god to give me a better year next year please and thank you ‘cos this one was pretty shitty with lots of death and dying and torment.

    On that lighter note, wishing you and yours a Bright New Year, Karen. Tickle those chookies on their fluffy bums and toddle off to bed in some crispy clean sheets….or some softer, crumply linen ones…..and nod off knowing that it’s a whole new start, which I always find fills me full of hope. xxx

  8. Marilyn says:

    That looks so nice.
    Have to remember to come back in and try this out. ..love, love, love this.
    Thanks
    Happy holidays and have a safe and happy new year to all of you here.

  9. Lesley says:

    Another eye roller here. Couch, TV (or a book if there’s nothing decent on), wine, bacon-y appetizers, chocolate. Then on Jan 2nd I’m going to a vegetarian weekend retreat for a cleanse and healthy eating advice. We’ll see how long that lasts.

    All the best of the season, everyone, and a happy New Year!

  10. Kat says:

    My best New Years EVER… Got pretty tipsy staying home alone and doing nothing but planning to stay awake to watch every single new years thing on TV as it hit their particular region fireworks and all. It was really hilarious and Australia did really good that year. But on the whole my New Years really is when my birthday hits, not the new year everyone else celebrates. Something about what I did from one birthday to the next really makes me think about whether I was a lazy slouch or tried to better myself as I grew more intelligent or not. Your own birthday signifies “your” new year not the January first thing. I have 5 days off of work this year and that has never happened in my whole 57 minus 15 years of being a kid and I have no idea of what to do with 5 days in a row. Merry Christmas Karen from a fan of yours and give all your chickens a hug if you can take the time away from cleaning up their poop!

    • Kat says:

      P.S. to all the readers here on Karen’s blog I do read all of your comments also, as you guys are just about as funny and interesting as Karen is. So Merry Christmas to all of Karen’s readers and commenters and please do not spit any more milk on your computer screen if she (Karen) writes something funny as I feel your pain when trying to clean that monitor. P.S.S. I love you guys!

      • Tigersmom says:

        Thanks, Kat. I really enjoy the readers, too. I feel part of an unintentional but wonderful little community here. Unforced but genuine, the way I like my New Years Eve.

        Merry Christmas and a Happy (and much better to those of you who have had a rough one) New Year to all of you and to you, too, of course, Karen.

    • Laura Bee says:

      Hi! I have the whole two weeks off because my new job is a small place with only so many hours. On the upside-no childcare to find & pay for. Hoping to clean & paint after the holiday dust has settled. Then doing as little as possible.
      I guess that’s my suggestion: do something you have been putting off. Then do nothing!

  11. Tasha says:

    We get together with friends, order Chinese, and eat it in the shared Common Room (no dishes!). The kids run around like maniacs, we play Apples to Apples, and are home by 9:00. Kiddo is in bed, and then we have a drink of scotch and play computer games. At midnight, we attempt to rouse kiddo to go out and ring in the New Year. We go out and have a toast with the neighbours, wish each other well, and then come back in. It is the perfect mix of low-key/fun/social/anti-social. I can wear pretty clothes if I want, and not if I don’t want.

    Merry Christmas! And have a Happy New Year however you want.

  12. Christina says:

    In Scotland we love New Year (Ne’erday) celebrations! We call New Year’s Eve, Hogmanay (I don’t know why) & every year the other half & I go to a Hogmanay Hootenany. There are a few bands playing, my favourite of which play glam rock, dress in glitter & feather boas and platform shoes. And that’s just the men. Can’t wait. There’s also loads of Scottish traditions involving black bun etc. Can’t wait. Hope you have a lovely relaxing Christmas & Ne’erday.

  13. Jane says:

    Love it and perfect directions as always :). Eye roller here, too. Most we ever do is go out for dinner with a few friends….but usually hubby watches a football game and I snuggle in my jammies watching everyone else celebrating on tv. I am a night owl, so always listen to the neighborhood welcoming in the new year! Happy 2015 to everyone!

  14. Agnes says:

    I’ll be with a small group of friends at a house soiree. The hostess lives only a 5 minute drive away, and she is cooking us lovely meal. Did I mention she is a culinary school grad? Yumminess awaits.

  15. kath says:

    New Year’s Eve, Halloween and St. Patricks Day are the 3 BEST days to stay home.
    As far as I’m concerned cleaning an oven would be more fun. Of course, I’m only guessing, since I don’t even use an oven, let alone clean one. But anything beats getting puked on by amateurs.
    As kids, NYE was always a blast.
    *Cue: watery dissolve to flashback*
    Several families of cousins would go up to the cottages the week after Christmas in the city. There was always a roaring fire in the fireplace as these cottages were really summer only and had no insulation and no central heating. The Kennedy compound this wasn’t.
    There was, in those days, plenty of snow on the ground and ice on the lake by the time Christmas rolled around. We’d spend the days running wild, sledding, skating, hockey. The adults would all go out on the big night leaving us to fend for ourselves. The bigs, as the eldest cousins were called, were in charge of the littles and the middles. For us NYE meant making popcorn and brownies, cookies and Brown Cows, which is what we called root beer floats for some reason, and flopping in well earned exhaustion with mountains of sodden snow gear moldering on the hearth and a b&w tv on in the background just so we could see the ball drop in Times Square. The local network would always run a few Fred and Ginger movies back to back, then cut over to New York at midnight. To this day I associate New Years with Gerschwin, not Guy Lombardo. At midnight kids would be rumpus-ing up, down, and all around, out in the yard in p.j.s and boots, banging the hell out of my aunt’s pots &pans with spoons and stones and sticks. Then back inside for board games and card games and- one revolutionary year- Pong! Gradually everyone would pass out where ever they were- floor, couch, under the kitchen table (which I only just now realized was foreshadowing)
    The parents would return around 3 a.m. and have to navigate a minefield of 15 human throw rugs. I was always one of the night owl kids who were still awake, and every single year my uncle would declare that his New Years resolution was to “For once and for all- get rid of all the damn beds in this damn house, since no one ever uses them anyway!”
    You know, reminiscing here, as I am, it occurs to me that my childhood was one part Montessori pre-school and one part Lord of The Flies.
    Anyway, how in the world could going out to stodgy parties and soggy bars, ever compare to that?

    • kate-v says:

      Brown cows!! the delight of my childhood treats – nothing could compare with brown cows. If we didn’t have root beer but had coke we made black cows or if we only had 7-up we made white cows. Haven’t run into very many folks who call a root beer float a brown cow. They were rare and special – my parents seldom bought sodas of any kind – but we ALWAYS had ice cream.

      • kath says:

        Kate… it’s possible we’re cousins.
        I have a lot of them, and they turn up in the most unexpected places.
        The Coke and 7-up versions were always regular options with my relatives. I had one uncle who would put Bosco in 7-up or Coke without the ice cream and call it a phosphate. He was also the one who taught us about peanut butter and bacon sandwiches (never heard of the Elvis banana option til later)
        I still marvel at the fact that we all survived.

        • kate-v says:

          Phosphates!!! In Jr High I used to order a lime phosphate — with extra phosphate — and everybody warned me it was bad for me and would ruin my teeth and bones and now her I am at 70 and when I get the bone scan it shows I have very strong bones. We could be cousins – but I don’t know what Bosco is.

          • kath says:

            Kate-
            Bosco is (was) a bottled chocolate syrup that may have been exclusive to the Midwest. I have no idea if it is still being produced. As you don’t know what it is, it is most likely we are not related, and believe me you’re better off-on both counts.

        • Kim from Milwaukee says:

          OMG Bosco!!! I lived on that stuff, wouldn’t drink milk without it. And brown cows were a real treat, but now I have to try a black cow and white cow!! I love these blast to the past posts…thank you kate-v and kath!

    • julie says:

      Kath…your’s is the EXACT memory I wish I had!! It sounds like a perfect New Year’s ….and possibly a perfect childhood! Could I possibly adopt your memory?

      • kath says:

        Julie… the NYE memory is all yours. The whole childhood you don’t need.
        Remember, all our memories are edited and editing is a selective business for good reason,
        so be careful what you wish for.
        The Lord of The Flies reference is no exaggeration.

  16. Ramona says:

    Loved reading about everybody’s plans! We will be doing our recently started tradition (4 years now)… My brother, myself, our spouses and our total of 10 children (ranging from 2 – 23 years) all gather at my house for a huge slumber party that includes lots of food, games, and fun. The children love the sparkling cider toast at midnight (in real champagne glasses) and then we run a single file parade through the whole house, complete with noise makers and party favors. We stay up as late as we can handle, wake up whenever, and then enjoy a wonderful breakfast together. Then… we hang out all afternoon playing more games. Mexican Train is our favorite. Just a great way to make memories and enjoy quality time with the family!! And writing this post, I had a new idea… I think I’ll ask everyone to come dressed in their silliest outfit. Boas and tutus and who knows what else!

  17. Roxy says:

    You are so right about the NYE faux forced fun. Blech. The tradition here in the banana belt of southern Quebec is to take out the bank loan and make paella! Chicken, chorizzo, mussels, shrimp, scallops…the whole enchilada! (For two people…we eat it for about a week after.). When the paella is ready, we crack open a bottle of Vino Verde, toss a DVD into the machine and party on Wayne!

  18. DanniS says:

    A tapas and a tv is basically our night. Just nice and relaxing. I do like the pajama party idea that’s cute. Also i’m thinking one year i really need to go to Scotland! Merry Christmas everyone!!

  19. Jody says:

    NYE will continue the tradition of dinner in with close friends. New Year’s Day all the Christmas stuff will be put away for another year. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015. Looking forward to another brilliant year of TAODS. Have yourself a good one.

  20. jainegayer says:

    Forced fun is right and you get to pay an inflated price for it all.
    Nope, we’ll be staying at home eating lobster and ice cream and watching a movie.
    Can’t wait!

  21. Lucie says:

    Karen, you’ve turned having hoisin sauce on your forehead something socially acceptable and for that I THANK you. Will be staying home, too! Enjoy your holidays!!

    Lucie

  22. Alice says:

    Good, long term friends and I will get together for a pot luck, talk, and play a few hands of bridge. We will go to our homes early and start the New Year with a good night’s sleep. For me, New Year’s day is garden planning day! Can’t wait. Good holidays to all!!!

  23. Jack Ledger says:

    My New Year’s “going out” celebrations ended on the evening I dressed up as the New Year’s baby and at midnight many of the ladies present(and I use the term loosely) extricated me from my diaper. I should mention that these “ladies” were members of the church I was attending which also happened to be immediately north of our location (upstairs). I can only tell you that alcohol and the Ladies Church Auxillary do no mix.

  24. Tigersmom says:

    Having been in the hotel/restaurant business and being forced to witness many a reveler trying soooooo hard to have or convince themselves that they are having an amazingly memorable time on many a New Years, the idea of going out on New Years is off-putting to say the least. I think I went out for one New Years Eve when I was in my early twenties and found the whole thing forced, not fun and when midnight finally came along, totally anti-climactic.

    I, too, love to get dressed up and go have a nice meal out. I just won’t do it on New Years, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day Brunch when everyone else is. On New Years, I love staying at home and don’t often make it up until midnight and I’m perfectly happy with that. I think a plate of yummy appetizers needs to be added to my usual routine, though. I love party food, especially without the party!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and a special thank you to you, Karen, for providing not only great info, entertainment and décor eye candy to your readers, but also the bonus community of your readers that we get to enjoy as well.

  25. magali says:

    omg, I just got back from a three week vacation and it looks like you posted so many great posts while I was gone!! Can’t wait to read them all! It will definitely help me realize that it actually is Christmas time!

  26. Heather says:

    Each year is different depending on what day of the week NYE falls on. If we go “out” then it’s just to friends’ for a meal & games. This year I have booked Friday the 2nd off & will be heading north to the cottage (house) at noon of the 31st for a second 4-day weekend – weather permitting. (I love it when the calendar works like that.) We will probably get together with a few friends, have a potluck of some sort and MAYBE make it until midnight. Very low key and not unlike any Saturday night at the cottage with friends.

    I second…um third?…what Kat and Tigersmom said: I get (almost) as much enjoyment from reading the readers’ comments & their reactions to your posts.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  27. Sarah In Illinois says:

    We do NOT like to go anywhere on New Years. We both enjoy having a cocktail or two and so we don’t drive anywhere or be on the roads with people who have had “one too many”.

    We will fix an awesome dinner (one year was crab legs, one year was filets) and watch a few movies and drink our cocktails. And very likely fall asleep by 10pm!!

  28. Su says:

    We live in a subdivision around a river…. bunch of redneck river rats, that’s us…. there’s a tradition people out here have… around 10:30 or so we gather at the park – via golf carts if the snow’s not deep (this year NO SNOW YEAH!)…. there’s a very large bonfire of assorted wood, furniture and I’m not really sure what since it’s pretty dark…. they hoist a keg up on a bucket truck and drop it at midnight…. lots of run chatta passed around and after the keg drop there’s fireworks…. lots of fun and everyone is pretty much home in bed by 1 am… good times…. 🙂

  29. Patti says:

    Eye rollers here too…NYE has always felt a little sad to me. We’ll be going up to our little cabin in the woods in northeastern PA and spend 4 days with my kids and their sig others and my new baby grandson and eat and drink and be merry for a little longer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Karen, your family and all of your readers!

  30. Bols says:

    Big eye roller here. I never understood why to celebrate New Year.
    When I was a teenaged kid, the tradition was for a couple of years to join my best friend whose parents always celebrated with a bunch of other couples (and the party would rotate, each year at a different house) where we had to accept a drink and kiss everybody at midnight. I don’t really know why I did it, as I have never been a drinker and kissing a bunch of people I don’t really know well, half of them being already seriously tipsy, is rather disgusting. I guess the whole peer-pressure, an attempt to fit in thing.

    My dislike of New Year’s Eve celebration is still very strong. No matter what, nothing (unless I have to drive a dog to the emergency clinic) will get me on the road as some people start getting into the sauce early. I will either read a book (if I am alone) or rent some movies and eat something good. This year, it will be the latter as BF will be here. So I will sip my Skinny Girl’s Margarita and I can guarantee you that if I have more than 2″ of it I will fall asleep very early. Besides, we will have 4 dogs in the house (3 greyhounds [mine and his] and 1 border collie whom I am dog-sitting for 2 weeks) so why go out. We will have enough entertainment trying to prevent the boys to pee on the Christmas tree.

    The only annoying thing is the midnight racket with fireworks which I hate because a) I am a light sleeper and b) they will keep going until 1 am at least. How I envy Lynn her small town where fireworks go off in the evening.

    Wishing you all Merry Christmas.

  31. Debbie says:

    My son and I (now 19 years old) celebrate the New Year by doing something n-e-w.
    For instance, one New Year’s Eve, since we had never traveled by train, we rode Amtrak.
    This year, we will sample fondue at “The Melting Pot.”
    Joyous holidays, everyone!

  32. Joslynne says:

    Happy Holidays to you, Karen and thank you for your inspiring and entertaining blog which I always look forward to reading…I rarely attempt to do the STUFF, but always read for the laughs! Thanks!!

    See you again next year!!

  33. leslie says:

    Ah yes, eye rolling due to commence at about 3 pm on Dec. 31st. I make sure that all 6 of us (me, husband, kids) are off the streets by late afternoon and safely ensconced in our homes and we will be watching a movie and falling asleep on the couch or rug with the dogs.
    My youngest’s birthday is Jan. 8th (also Elvis and David Bowie’s birthday) and she will be 18 this year so I am busy trying to plan some horrid way to embarrass her in celebration of her existence. For her 16th birthday, I showed up to her school at lunchtime (with 60 pink cupcakes) as “Alien Elvis” in a costume (designed by my oldest daughter) with squid tentacles, a black pleather motorcycle jacket (yes, with 8 sleeves) and an Elvis wig that was obviously made for a smaller head than mine and dark shades. I thought she was going to throw up.
    So you see, I have much more seriously important things to think about and plan for than New Year’s Eve.

  34. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    I love using cloth napkins, this a new fold for me! Thanks for sharing. Can I share with you I JUST FOUND OUT my oldest daughter that lives in Switzerland is expecting their first child in June, 2015! I’m so excited, a baby and I get to travel. A baby, a first grandchild…wow, we are having a baby 🙂

  35. Mary Kay says:

    Childhood – parents went out we got a sitter, watched movies and could stay up until we fell asleep.
    College – PARTY PARTY PARTY!!!
    Early Married years – went to friends, ate too much, drank a lot, played stupid games, shot off fireworks until the cops showed up – HA
    Older Married years W/child – AMATEUR NIGHT – stayed home – drank a bottle of wine watched Dick Clark on TV
    Child in college years – Having small gathering at home with very close friends – lots of wine and food – some of the college kids hanging with us (since they are the designated DD) LOL!!

    Merry Christmas to you Karen and all your readers and have a joyful New Year!

  36. Diana says:

    This year everything is different!!!

    I like beeing home and spend the night with my family.
    This time my friends decided: We will not spend the new years days in Hamburg or Berlin, we will have a party in your house. And by the way, we will bring some friends with us! How about Raclett (You don`t have one??? Buy one!) We want to eat beef,chickenbrest, salmon don`t buy cheap food.. and so on.
    It is not, that I am not able to conflict but it slappt like a wave over me…

    I will do most of it. This year. But never ever again…. The revenge will follow;o)

    Wish you all a merry Christmas and a fantastic new year!!!

  37. I live in Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Parade, so on New Year’s Eve there are three-quarters of a million people camping out on the sidewalks of Colorado Boulevard (about six blocks from my house.) The parade route is about five and a half miles long (9 k) and traffic is cut off from New Year’s Eve until about midday on the 1st. And then, of course, there’s a football game immediately afterwards at the Rose Bowl, down the street from me. Even if I had somewhere to go, it would be enormous trouble to get there! And somehow, the sheer mass of people so nearby makes me want to stay home. New Year’s Eve is a weird holiday. Other holidays have some sort of focus–Fourth of July has picnics and fireworks, Halloween has costumes, Christmas has gifts, Thanksgiving has a feast, Easter has an egg hunt–but New Year’s is just a night when you’re supposed to have “fun” which means you probably won’t.

  38. West Coast Nan says:

    Eye rollers unite! Forced merriment never ends well so I avoid at all costs. Love the Tuxedo fold, if I ever use cloth napkins that trick fold is coming out. Merry Christmas Karen to you and yours, and to all the faithful readers, be they regular commenters or lurkers like me. This blog is like checking in with family at the behest of the wittiest member. Happy New Year to all and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.

  39. Kimberly M says:

    Mine consists of eating lots of shrimp cocktail and going to bed at 9. I prefer not to go out at a time when a ton of people drink themselves idiotic and still drive around. Also, I think chances of you getting violated in some criminal fashion are higher too lol… but maybe I watch too many Investigation Discovery shows. I’d rather stay in, eat, and go to bed.

  40. Barbie says:

    I had to run right into my dining room and grab a cloth napkin (the ones I use for Christmas dinner) and try this! TOTALLY DOING THIS FOR MY CHRISTMAS DINNER!!! I love it!! I always try to think of interesting ways to fold my napkins! Thanks so much Karen! and Merry Christmas…I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  41. LazySusan says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m headed off to the store to buy the fixings for Christmas dinner, and probably won’t be heard from again until after NYE. I don’t even bother rolling my eyes anymore. Happy Holidays to you all!

  42. Donna says:

    Normally an eye roller who has a group of friends who have a get together, home by 10 and never stay up late enough for fireworks.

    This year, however, will be different. This South Texan, who is used to shorts and t-shirts on New Years, will be in Seattle with son #2 and his girlfriend. The possibilities are endless. I do know they will involve lots of good food and some alcoholic beverages.

    Happy New Year to everyone. I’m looking very forward to seeing the ass end of 2014 because the majority of the year sucked for me. But on a good note. I learned a lot about myself and I’m stronger than I ever imagined. I’m looking forward to what can be accomplished in 2015!

  43. Jake says:

    Since most of posters are eye rollers (smart, intelligent and decidedly on an upper plain) I wonder just who are all these people pretending to have a great time. Jammed in next to people you don’t know, smelly underarms and bad breath and the usual falling down drunk who insists on slobbering on your cheek. Well I think a lot of them are my ex-inlaws and the drunk is definitely my long lost son, with bells on his shoes. I wish everyone a happy holiday of your choice and New Years Day that can’t come fast enough for me, bring on 2015.

  44. paula says:

    Fellow eye roller here, also an apps night for us, with some great napkin folds, hopefully the kids will be here too, though you never know – all in their 20s – us old folks probably won’t make it until midnight but will try while watching a movie or two. Also hoping 2015 is a better year for us and also wishing you, Karen, and all of your lovely readers a peaceful and joyous holiday season and cheers to 2015.

  45. Janelle says:

    The way I see it, if you’ve partied hard enough through December, you should be way to fat/drunk/tired to go out on NYE. I have derived a test: if I have to ask myself if I am capable of staying up until midnight, the answer is clear: definitely still get champagne, but enjoy it at home at 8pm as a bedtime snack.

  46. Gwen H. says:

    I will be eating grilled cheese sandwiches, great tomato soup and wine. Then I will pass out. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  47. Jennifer says:

    I work the night shift on the Mother Baby unit in the busiest birth & trauma hospital in central California. I always work over New Year’s Eve. We call all the other hospitals in the area to see who has the first New Year baby. Most fun holiday to work night shift!

  48. Pam says:

    I am a committed stay at home NYE celebrator. (Well, I’m not sure you could call watching a movie, eating ice cream and in bed by 11pm really celebrating.) But, in my younger days I did have some fun NYE nights out on the town. My best was the one spent at Times Square with some good college pals in the ’80’s. We had started the night with a carriage ride through Central Park (eating Mint Milanos and drinking hot chocolate) and then walked up to see the ball drop. Yes, there were hoards of people (and I don’t like crowds at all) but it was so much fun! Afterwards we snuck into some fancy party in a ballroom and danced, then the subway home around 4am. Ahh, such good memories. Of course, it’s nothing I ever need to do again, and in fact you couldn’t pay me to be in those crowds now, but it was a perfect NY New Years Eve for my 22 year old self.

    Karen, thanks for brightening up my days! Enjoy your break from blog-land and have a wonderful holiday doing exactly whatever the heck you want! Happy Holidays to all your funny and interesting readers, too!

  49. caryl hodgdon says:

    I love Kat and Kate and want to spend nye with them. You are also invited if you bring the hoisin and potstickers but there will be no tuxedo fold napkins-my paper towels are the wrong size. Oh yes don’t forget Pee Wee has just released his playhouse vids on netflix. Perfect after a few cocktails!!Happy happy everyone.

  50. KJ says:

    Did the NYE thing when I was young, but we all just stay home now. I think the napkin fold would look cute with two napkins nested, black on the outside and white on the inside.

  51. Cherie says:

    We are in the ‘staying in’ camp. Not alone though. We have our very good friends coming over for a buffet supper and to see the New Year in with us. Don’t get me wrong. I would be perfectly happy to go out if everywhere wasn’t ten deep at the bar and the disco floor (I recall from a million years ago) wasn’t going to be full of drunks that could barely stand up. Give me a good old fashioned ‘tea dance’ anywatime. I say Bring Back The Tea Dance. Have a wonderful Christmas. xxx

  52. Suzanne@Le Farm says:

    I guess we can now wipe our mouth on our sleeve! (Sorry mom!!)
    Plans? Hopefully a repeat of last New Years Eve…
    Drive to lake house,
    Celebrate NYE in Paris, France at 6pm with champagne on deck,
    go to friends for heavy horderves and big bonfire,
    Set off a series of Major Mojo fireworks at midnight,
    back to lake house,
    neck in the car,
    long hot tub soak,
    and bed @an ungodly hour.
    Its our new tradition … until we sell lake house!
    Happy New Year !!!

  53. Very cute Karen! Merry Christmas.

  54. Marti says:

    Thanks! Not sure this will work with the lovely paper dainties filched from my local Micky D’s, but it is the holiday season, so I’m willing to give it a shot!

  55. Linda J Howes says:

    I love napkin folding! I have done it for years and I have even folded boring napkins into more interesting creations at the place settings of dinner parties I have attended. I can’t help myself. It’s like origami with cloth.
    I even liked the draped napkin from one of your earlier posts, Thanksgiving maybe, because they were different. I would like to share a special treat shown to me by a friend years ago who noticed my peculiar fetish and the fact that I love chickens too. I found it on the internet to share with you. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Towel-Chicken

  56. Tracey says:

    Geez, I thought we were the only ones who didn’t go out for NYE! I never knew how to explain how I felt about New Years, but “forced fun” is exactly right. And as someone else said above…kissing strangers just because it’s midnight….Yuck!!!
    We’ll be enjoying quiet time “in the Valley”. I’ll toast you with a nice hot buttered “rye”! (Not!!!)
    So glad to know that we are in good company.
    I enjoy reading all the comments too.
    Merry Christmas Karen….enjoy your holiday! And we’ll “see” you again in the new year!
    Thanks for a great year of reading!

    • Karen says:

      Actually, you’ll see me again tomorrow, lol. I’m posting on Christmas Eve. 🙂 Well … in a couple of hours really! Have a great holiday. Or as good as you can manage. ~ karen

  57. Sherri Jackson says:

    I folded the napkins for Christmas dinner like a shirt and my guests were impressed with my cleverness. Thank you

  58. Debbie says:

    Since I was diagnosed with a virus today, so I will probably be home coughing on NY Eve. At least I will be doing it with hubby by my side. I hope I feel better soon. A Happy New Year’s to all no matter how you spend the night!

  59. Safetydog says:

    A friend hosts a family game night on NYE. Three to five families bring appetizers, play games, watch TV, and get seriously silly. The youngest “child” is 13, so everyone can fend for themselves. It is a fun, relaxed time.

    Side note: I love reading the comments on this blog – they are as entertaining as the blog.

  60. magali says:

    I’m having a going away party this NYE (my husband and I are moving from St. John’s to Halifax). Not only am I forcing people to come over and have fun on New Years, I’m also forcing them to enjoy our presence one last time, suckers!

  61. I was wondering what the final touch on my New Year’s party tonight was going to be on top of the High Class theme and this is it! Thanks so much for sharing. These look amazing.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

  62. Paula says:

    Just catching up on all your posts that I missed over Christmas. Wished I had seen this one before New Years Eve. For the past 15 years a bunch of neighbors have been doing a progressive dinner. This year we did the main course at our house. Served salmon that my husband smoked on the grill. The food is always amazing and no one has to worry about driving. We just grab our wine and go to the next house. This napkin idea would have looked great with my table theme. It was black, white, gold, red and pearls. Very glam. I may do a similar version for Valentines Day just so I can do this.

  63. ellen says:

    I will be skipping Amateur Nite in favor of two football games (college playoffs and my favorite OU Sooners are in the hunt) and Frito chili pies plus cocktails. We may invite a fellow football enthusiast or not. I love fireworks, but First Night celebrations usually have bitter cold weather which is not so fun.

  64. connie says:

    We recently moved 1 1/2 hours away from our old neighbourhood of 28 years! Spent almost every NYE at either one of the neighbours or @ our place with- you guessed it – just the neighbours, usually a small group of 8-10 of us. We had great neighbours and i’ll miss them terribly this year since I won’t do the long drive down from Snow country.
    In our own way we “stayed in” , had great food (always pot luck) and enjoyed a few drinks together while watching the ball drop in Times SQ. Shortly after midnight we’d weave our way home , walking down the street (more often than not) singing at the top of our lungs! We knew the neighbours wouldn’t mind because they were with us 😉 Good times …
    Wishing you Karen, and the other wonderfully unique group of readers you have, A Very Happy and Healthy New Year !!!

    Ps : I may have squealled a little when I saw the cutlery! So happy you’re using it:)
    And i’m definitely doing the tuxedo napkins tomorrow nite.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! I use it every single day! The odd time it gives what I’m eating a bit of a weird tinny taste, and when that happens I just switch over to the gold cutlery for the night. Sorry to hear you had to move from your hood. ~ karen!

  65. connie says:

    It’s all good, just different – we got tired of maintaining 2 properties so we moved to our Lakehouse 🙂
    Strange about the tinny taste – wonder what that’s all about?
    Btw- did I ever mention I have the same set of gold cutlery too? small world… good taste 😉
    Hope your New Year’s was just what you wanted- relaxing and delicious with extra hoisin

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