Archive for July, 2009

Special Events Folding Napkin for Your Elegant Table

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


Napkin Folds

In my upcoming book about elegant event planning for the budget conscious consumer, one of the chapters discusses how to create beautiful napkin folds for your elegant table.  Many times a napkin fold will enhance your table décor.  By placing a contrasting colored ribbon or flower on a specialty folded napkin will add to the wow factor of your elegant table. 

My philosophy at A Wynning Event is when the napkin is part of the table décor, I will have it placed in the center of the place setting with the silverware on either side in their proper placements.  You can also create menu cards for your dinner parties and place them in a folded napkin that has been specially folded to hold the menu.  Below are some instructions and pictures for a few different napkin folds. 

Pocket Fold – The Most Popular Fold at A Wynning Event


1. Take an 18” to 24” square linen dinner napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table. 

2. Then 3” from the bottom fold the dinner napkin up so that you still have the same width but the napkin is now 3” shorter. 

3. Taking that bottom portion that is folded, fold it over again 3”.

4. Now fold the top edge underneath the napkin 2” so now the dinner napkin has a folded edge on top.

5. Fold the right edge under the napkin and then the left edge under the dinner napkin so that now the napkin is folded in thirds. 

6. You may then want to place a flower in the pocket or the dinner menu printed on 5 ½” X 7” cardstock or your silverware.


Tuxedo Fold

1. Take an 18” to 24” square cloth napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table. 

2. Fold the cloth napkin in half widthwise and then in half lengthwise so now the napkin is in quarters with the open quarter at the top left side of the napkin.

3. Then roll the first layer of the cloth napkin toward you to so the top left corner has now met the right lower corner.

4. Fold the second layer toward you and tuck it under the first layer.  The upper left corner of the napkin should be about halfway under the first layer.

5. Take the next layer of the cloth napkin and fold it away from you and tuck the upper left corner about one third of the way under the second layer.

6. Then fold the right and left side edges to the center back.

7. You may then want to place a flower or silverware in the first fold.



Bouquet Tie

1. Take an 18” to 24” square linen napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table. 

2. Then fold it into triangle with the point of the triangle facing on the top and the hypotenuse on the bottom. 

3. Take the outside corners and bring them to top corner to make a diamond.

4. Grab the linen napkin by the middle, gather it and then tie it with ribbon.

5. You may want to place a flower in the top portion of the gather.


Butterfly or Fan

1. Take an 18” to 24” square linen napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table.

2. Then start a fold about an 1” to 1½” wide down from the top and fold the linen napkin towards you. 

3. Flip the napkin over and make the same size fold this time from the bottom portion of the napkin and fold away from you.

4. Continue to repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have completely folded the napkin.

5. Keeping it pinched in the center, tie with a ribbon and then fan out the edges.  


In terms of event set-up time and folding napkins, most often at A Wynning Event I include this task as part of the scope of work for the florist that I hire.  I obtain the napkins ahead of time from the rental company and deliver them to my florist.  They then fold the napkins, bring them to site and place them at the table.  It is truly amazing what a difference a flower and a special napkin fold can make at the table.

Guide to Event Planning

Friday, July 3rd, 2009


We here at A Wynning Event are very excited because we have been asked to write a book about event planning.  Our goal with this book is to simplify events i.e. take the mystery out of event planning so that no matter your experience, knowledge or budget, we will show you how to create simple and yet elegant special events.  So with that in mind, let’s start with the simple question, why throw a party?

Is it a birthday? Anniversary? Bridal or baby shower? Holiday such as Valentine’s Day or 4th of July? How about just having a group of friends over to share in good food and fine wine? 

Any of the above and more are reasons to throw a party so here we go.

The Checklist a.k.a. AWE Party To Do List©

I believe that parties are suppose to be fun from start to finish, not stressful so why not start off on the right track with creating your AWE Party to Do List©.  There is no need to get anxious about having people over for a dinner party or throwing a wedding or formal event for a couple of hundred people.  The same process should be implemented no matter what the guest count is.  The best implementation method I believe is a party checklist.  I always generate my AWE Party To Do List© because it provides me with the steps that I need from beginning to end in the party production process and is easy to repeat and adjust for future events. 

This AWE Party To Do List© that I will share in part with you will turn any amateur into a party planner with flair and style and will help you smooth out the bumps along the path to creating a successful and carefree event.  Below is a portion of the sample checklist that will be in our book which we hope to publish by the end of the summer so that you can use this list as a guide for your own events. 

Again this is just a partial list but you can start to use this so please feel free to add to it or delete from it what does and doesn’t work for you.  Remember, this is just a sample list; it can be tweaked along the way and modified for your own particular use.  I will list the items below and then provide in future blogs detailed explanations and examples of these categories to provide you with a bit more insight and knowledge.  Whether it is a cocktail or dinner party, by following these methodical steps, you will see that it doesn’t take much to create an elegant event from start to finish. 

AWE Party To Do List©

• Budget

• Party Date & Time

• Guest Count

• Theme

• Select, Order and Mail Invitations

• Venue Selection

• Create Food and Beverage Menu

• Enhance Theme with Décor, Flowers, Props, Specialty Lighting, etc.

• Hire Caterer (if appropriate)

Again, this is just a sample of the list we have already developed and will be published in our book later this summer.  At A Wynning Event, our goal is to alleviate the worries a wedding or special event can bring with our full service planning capabilities and we hope with our event planning guide you will enjoy your planning process without pulling your hair or teeth out.  And just remember; make your next event A Wynning Event.