The Bow Fold from Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds

The Bow Fold @ NancyC

Here’s a pretty way to fold your napkins for your holiday table or other special occasion! This Bow Fold idea is from a book called Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds by Denise Vivaldo, a seasoned food professional who has catered more than 10,000 parties. A creatively folded napkin adds such a special touch to your table setting and it’s easy to do, with the step-by-step instructions and photos that you’ll find in this book. I received a review copy of this book and it has a nice hardcover format with a concealed wire binding which lies flat when it’s open, making it easy to look at the photos and instructions while you’re trying out different folds.

I decided to try the Bow Fold, since we’re in the midst of the holidays and the bow shape reminds me of bows on Christmas presents! But it also works great for a special tea, ladies’ brunch, bridal shower, or baby shower.

Here’s the fold in a few easy steps–this is my condensed version…the book has much more detail! (Follow each row of photos from left to right).

The Bow Fold2 @ NancyC

1. You can use a plain or patterned napkin 2. Lay it out so reverse side is facing up 3. Fold napkin in half, forming a triangle 4. Fold left point over about halfway 5. Fold right edge back, cover the right tip slightly. 6. Fold right edge over left edge. 7. Fold bottom point over at an upward angle 8. Fold top point over at a downward angle 9. Pinch the center of the folded napkin together with one hand and, holding the napkin ring in the other hand… 10. …slide it through the ring 10. Pull tails of bow downward, forming a more distinct bow shape 11. Turn bow over… 12. …and arrange it on a plate!

I’m a very novice napkin folder, so if I can do this, you can, too! 🙂 There are 99 other ideas  in the book, so you have plenty of folds to choose from!

Here’s a sample spread from the book:


Have fun with your napkin folding!  Do you have a favorite napkin fold you like to use?


56 thoughts on “The Bow Fold from Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds

  1. Bam's Kitchen

    I guess my first step is to actually purchase cloth napkins now that we have been in one country for a bit. You are quite talented. I wonder how a paper napkin would fair in this challenge?


    1. nancyc Post author

      I don’t have many cloth napkins myself, but now I’m inspired to get more! I’m not sure how well a paper napkin would work…if you try it out, let me know!


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