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.






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.



Flip under.



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.



  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Sherri Jackson says:

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. Very cute Karen! Merry Christmas.

  14. 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 !!!

  15. 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

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