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.
Fold napkin in half, forming a triangle.
Fold down the top by about 1″.
Flip the napkin over so the folded edge is underneath.
Fold each top corner of the triangle down towards centre point.
Overlap slightly at the bottom.
At this point it looks like this from the underside.
Once you get the bottom flipped under, fold the edges to the back as well until it forms a tuxedo jacket shape.
Fiddle with the collar so it isn’t flat. Just round it a bit and pull it so it has some dimension.
Tuck one side flap into the other on the underside.
Eat your appetizers.
Wipe your mouth.
Sink into the pillows.
Pass out on the couch.