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How to Roll Silverware in a Napkin With Style

Setting the table is an art. Choosing the perfect plates, adding matching silverware and napkins, and throwing in tasteful décor; it all comes together to create a visual feast.

So, if you want to impress your guests, simply placing your silverware on top of a napkin isn’t going to cut it. Instead, find a classy way to roll the silverware in the napkin, adding a charming touch to your table setting. 

And that’s precisely what this guide will teach you – how to roll silverware in a napkin with ease and style. Let’s begin!

How to Roll Silverware in a Napkin With Style

How to Roll Silverware in a Napkin: 4 Simple Yet Effective Methods

Before diving into the specifics, let’s cover the basics. What will you need to pull off these methods? All of these methods call for the same elements – a paper napkin, your chosen silverware, and a napkin band or a bow. 

The last part is optional but highly recommended. Why? Well, adding a band or a bow to the napkin serves two purposes. It will secure your silverware and prevent the napkin from unfolding while also enhancing the overall visual appeal of your table.

With the basics out of the way, let’s move on to step-by-step guides on how to roll silverware in a napkin.

Method 1 – A Simple Circular Wrap

It doesn’t get easier than this wrap. Yet, it still looks elegant, ensuring a neat presentation with minimal effort. Here’s what to do:

  1. Place the napkin flat on a table.
  2. Position the knife diagonally across the napkin (from top left to bottom right), ensuring the tip protrudes beyond the napkin corner.
  3. Place the fork directly on top of the knife.
  4. Stack the spoon on top of the fork, making sure all three silverware pieces are even. 
  5. While holding the silverware in place with one hand, fold the napkin’s left bottom corner upward with the other to completely cover the ends of your silverware.
  6. Without letting go of the silverware, use your free hand to fold the left bottom corner inward and over the utensils. The bottom left corner should be facing the top right corner.
  7. With tight folds secured, simply roll the napkin away from you.
  8. Add a paper napkin band as a finishing touch.

And that’s it! Your silverware is rolled with what is essentially two folds and a roll.

Rolls of paper Napkins on white background

Method 2 – A Simple Rectangle

We’re still in the simple silverware rolling zone, but we’re doing a rectangle this time. This method will completely cover the utensils behind a simple yet stunning shape. To get the best results, only use this method with larger napkins (the napkin should be roughly three times longer than your knife). After securing such a napkin, follow these steps:

  1. Place the napkin flat on a table, positioning it like a square, with the “wrong” side up (one without a print or with the seams showing).
  2. Fold the bottom upward by approximately 2 to 3 inches, creating a pocket for your silverware. Make sure the pocket is even on both sides.
  3. Slip the knife into the pocket near the right side of the napkin. Make sure you place it vertically and facing away from you.
  4. Add the fork on top, followed by the spoon.
  5. Fold the top downward over the silverware neatly and evenly. Don’t cover the silverware completely.
  6. Connect the bottom fold with the top fold. If you’re having trouble completing this step, you might need to redo Steps 2 or 5, thus adjusting the width of the fold’s edges.
  7. Fold the napkin tightly from right to left. Pay attention to the position of your silverware all along and smooth any wrinkles as you go.
  8. Add a ribbon to secure the roll and add visual interest to the napkin.

Method 3 – A Diamond Wrap

The end result of a diamond wrap will look similar to the one from a rectangle fold but better. Roll your silverware this way when you want to add a touch of sophistication to your table setting. This method also covers the entire silverware and calls for a bigger napkin. For best results, the napkin’s diagonal should be at least twice the length of the knife.

Here’s how to pull it off:

  1. Place the napkin flat on the table, positioning it diagonally (into a diamond shape), and with the back side up (one without the print or pattern, or showing the seams in case of a fabric napkin).
  2. Fold the bottom upward to create a triangle. 
  3. Smooth out any wrinkles, ensuring the crease is neat.
  4. Place the knife near the middle of the folded edge, positioning it horizontally (parallel to the edge).
  5. Stack the fork and spoon on top of the knife.
  6. While holding the silverware in place, use your free hand to fold the left and right corners inward until they touch.
  7. Grab the bottom edge tightly and fold it upward once. 
  8. Tuck in the first roll neatly.
  9. Continue wrapping the bundle toward the top edge slowly and tightly.
  10. Finish the wrap off with a tightly wrapped ribbon.
Napkin on blue background top view

Method 4 – A Pointed Pouch

If you want a “textured” fold with your silverware peeking through, this method might be the way to go. The end result looks complex, but the process is rather straightforward, provided you follow these steps closely:

  1. Place the napkin flat on the table and with the back side up, positioning it like a diamond.
  2. Center the knife on the napkin, ensuring the top of the blade touches the top of the napkin.
  3. Place the fork to the right of the knife.
  4. Put the spoon on the left side of the knife. Both the fork and the spoon should touch the top edge of the napkin. Preferably, the bottom parts of the utensils should form a straight line.
  5. Fold the bottom upward, completely covering the silverware and forming a triangle.
  6. Bring the left side over to the right side, leaving a few inches between them.
  7. Fold the right side over the left side, extending its point past the left fold.
  8. Lift your newly formed pouch carefully.
  9. Fold the excess napkin from the right side under and over the napkin.
  10. Tie a ribbon loosely over the pouch to add a decorative touch.

How to Take Your Table Presentation to the Next Level

Now that you know how to roll silverware in a napkin, you might wonder what’s next. How else can you elevate your table presentation? The answer is simple. Don’t just use any napkins; order personalized napkins from Custom Napkins Now and impress your guests.

Whether adorned with a monogram, a special message, or an event-related detail, this bespoke touch will create a deeply personal dining experience, leaving a lasting impression on every participant.

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