If you are looking for a fold that is both simple and functional, the buffet style napkin fold will work for you. Usually used with more casual dining occasions, the buffet napkin fold will frame your silverware nicely into an elegant and compact place setting. This fold works well with most of our cotton and linen dinner napkins. For best folding results, it may help to first iron the napkins thoroughly with starch to ensure a more rigid napkin.
Suggested napkins for this folding style:
White Hemstitched Linen Dinner Napkins
Ecru Hemstitched Linen Dinner Napkins
Iron the napkin flat.
Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you.
Fold the napkin into quarters.
Orient the napkin so the open corner is facing away and to the right. Fold the top-most layer of napkin diagonally down to the center and press it flat.
Roll the same layer down as shown in the picture.
Take the next layer corner and fold it to meet the first fold
Roll the same layer down and tuck underneath the first layer
Turn the napkin over. Fold the left side back about 1/3 of the way and press it down.
Fold the right side back to meet the left hand fold and tuck underneath the flap. Press with an iron.
Flip it over and insert the silverware