Christmas Tree Napkin Fold Tutorial

Here’s a fun way to add an extra layer of “oooh and ahhh” to your Christmas table this year: the Christmas tree napkin fold! I discovered this fold years ago while searching on Pinterest for other things (you know how that goes!), and I’ve used it several times because it looks adorable and it’s SO easy to do! (Also check out my new free PDF tutorial, “5 Fun, Easy Napkin Folds” for this and other lovely napkin ideas!)

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Napkins are a necessity on the table if you want your guests to stay tidy during the meal, and there are lots of options for making them look special: they can be laid next to the plate, under the flatware; they can be set under the salad plate; they can be popped into a pretty napkin ring and laid casually across or above the plate.

They can also be folded in clever ways, and this particular fold is the perfect touch for a Christmas table. Here’s how to fold a napkin like a Christmas tree!

A solid color napkin or one with the pattern on both sides of the fabric works best for this fold, because both sides are going to show. (Try this link for a variety of colorful cloth napkins –> Buffalo Check (& Other) 20 x 20 Cotton Napkins)

^ Begin with your napkin flat. This one is a solid color, but the hem shows on one side. So I’ve got it placed hem-side up.

^ Fold the napkin in half, bringing the bottom up to the top.

^ Fold the right side over to the left so the napkin is now one-quarter of its original size.

^ Turn the napkin on a diamond, loose points at the top, and bring the first point down toward the bottom to within a half-inch of the bottom corner.

^ Bring the remaining points down toward the bottom, layering them as shown above. It’s at this point you will realize that most “square” napkins aren’t entirely square! That’s okay, it’s still going to look great!

^ Carefully turn the packet over so it’s smooth side up.

^ Bring the left side straight across over to the right.

^ Bring the right side straight across over to the left .

^ Carefully turn the packet over .

^ Pull the top flap up to make the treetop, then bring each point up and tuck it part way under the pocket above it.

^ Finish your tree by bringing the bottom point up and tucking it into the remaining pocket.

Try it with various place settings – it would look great with a “woodland” theme, or it can look more modern too! One year I even “decorated” my tree with little gold balls from a sparkly craft pick!

You can also try this slight variation if you like the look better: instead of folding the bottom point up in front, try folding it to the back and tucking it in. It makes a smooth bottom layer to the finished tree.

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Christmas tablescape with Old Country Roses

Check out my new FREE napkin folding tutorial, “5 Fun, Easy Napkin Folds.” It’s an easy-to-follow PDF file and includes the Christmas Tree napkin fold featured on this table!

I’ve been collecting vintage dinnerware for over 25 years, but Old Country Roses by Royal Albert remains my all-time favorite pattern. It’s the pattern I wish I had added to my wedding registry, but didn’t have the guts because of the price. It’s also the pattern I’ve painstakingly collected via Ebay over the years, adding only pieces I knew I would use (dinner, salad, and bread/dessert plates) and only those with the oldest backstamp. “OCR” came out the year I was born (1962), and it is Royal Albert’s best-selling pattern in company history. I especially love to use it at Christmas time because, while it isn’t overtly a “holiday pattern,” it definitely reflects a Christmas color scheme and to me is just holiday special.

This year I’ve set my Christmas table using OCR dinner and bread plates, with a Fire King salad plate and brushed gold bead-edge chargers. The OCR, of course, I’ve collected over time. The salad plates and chargers are thrift store finds. I mean really, it just says “Christmas” to me!

The flatware is also extra-special in this setting. It is my grandmother’s silverplate from the 1950’s – it’s called “Flair,” by 1847 Rogers Brothers. I love the little flip at the top, and how the slight curve at the bottom frames the plate when set on the correct side. (Perhaps a little nudge to hostesses like myself who need a gentle reminder about which side of the plate to use for which pieces…? Those Rogers Brothers kind of knew what they were doing, me-thinks!)

Glassware is Longchamps and King’s Crown Coin Dot.

The centerpiece is a simple ceramic swan/sleigh, filled with faux pine greenery, clip-on white velvet poinsettias, and a couple of beautiful silk roses that mimic the color and style of the roses in the dinnerware.

A close-up of the napkin fold. (Don’t forget to grab your free PDF guide to “5 Fun, Easy Napkin Folds” – including the Christmas tree!)

A few more views around the table…

The “birds-eye view” of the entire table:

And the put-away shot, my after-the-fact “mood board” showing how pretty everything looks even if just waiting to go back into the cupboards:

And finally, an image to Pin if you’d like to save this post for future ideas:

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I’m sharing this post for Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch! Be sure to click through for much more holiday tablescape inspiration!

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Simple and fun Christmas project: Make a Pop Tart “gingerbread” house!

This is one of those projects you nearly scroll past on Pinterest because you don’t have little kids anymore and you think it isn’t grown up enough or doesn’t fit your decorating style or this year’s theme or nine other reasons. But then you pause just long enough to sort of fall in love with the picture, and you realize your inner child might not have grown completely up yet, and the project is cute and looks easy so why not give it a try? Especially when toaster pastries, a few kinds of colorful (and Christmasy) candy, and even a little faux silver tray can all be found at the Dollar Tree? Suddenly, a Pop Tart gingerbread house doesn’t seem so far-fetched, does it?

Here’s what I used:

1 pkg of 6 toaster pastries
Assorted colorful candies (Dots, candy canes, Christmas lollipops, and hard candy)
About 2 cups confectioner’s sugar (I had this on hand)
Small silver serving tray

This project was really simple. Basically, you cut two of the pastries to form the gables at each end of the house, and mix a tiny bit of water with confectioner’s sugar to make “mortar” for holding the pastries together and for attaching candy pieces to the pastries and the base.

The trickiest part was getting the right consistency of the confectioner’s sugar to use as mortar. You add just the tiniest bit of water… I mixed mine about a half-cup of sugar at a time, starting with 1 teaspoon of water and then only adding more if it seemed too thick. The directions I had said to make it the consistency of “craft glue,” but they really should have said “school paste.” It has to be thick, so it doesn’t run before it has a chance to set up.

Frosted toaster pastries served as the house itself. I used Dots candy as the shrubbery and flowers around the base of the house, candy canes for the fence along the sidewalk, crushed hard candy for the sidewalk gravel, more hard candy for the windows, and gingerbread/tree lollipops for my homeowner and his Christmas tree.

Another Dot for the chimney, and a couple pretzel sticks for the back door. For items that were to be stuck to the sides of the house, it worked best to apply some mortar to the backside of the candy, let it set up a bit, then press it against the house. I had to prop up most of these items (using toothpicks or whatever was at hand) to keep them in place while the mortar set.

My little house is completely edible, except of course for the tray. But here’s the thing: most of this candy tastes terrible, and adding watered down confectioner’s sugar to it does nothing to improve it. So I don’t recommend eating it (or even licking your fingers) during the construction process. I mean it – it’s truly awful. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This adorable little house (or a bunch of them!) would be fun to do with kids, or even as a grown-up activity at a crafting party. (There may have been adult beverages involved at my house.)

Here’s an image to Pin if you’d like to save this idea for future use!

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Thanksgiving 2020 tablescape with Currier & Ives

My Thanksgiving celebration – like everyone else’s, undoubtedly – looked a little different this year but was still fun and memorable. My daughter, her boyfriend, and my own special guy came to lunch on the Sunday following the holiday. I served apricot glazed pork loin, garlic mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole, and Stephanie brought a pumpkin pie for dessert. After lunch we spent a little time just visiting… very simple, but a very special day, since “guests for luncheon” have been few and far between this year!

Here’s the table I set for the four of us —

Dinnerware is my handed down Currier & Ives by Royal China. This set really says “Thanksgiving” to me because it is the set we used for holidays and Sunday dinners at my grandmother Verdie’s house the entire time I was growing up. I remember so fondly gathering around her table, so this china to me IS Thanksgiving.

There are many, many pieces to the Currier & Ives set, and each one has a different CI image on it. I kept it simple for this meal and just used the dinner plate featuring “The Old Grist Mill” plus one oval serving platter featuring “The Old Inn – Winter.” Flatware is my handed down Oneida Chandelier, which was given to me after my great-aunt passed away around 1990. It’s also a set we used as I was growing up, for holidays not spent at Grandma Verdie’s house were spent a few blocks away at her sister’s, my beloved “Auntie Hazel.” The napkins, blue stemware, ivory damask tablecloth, and beaded garland were Goodwill/consignment store finds.

The centerpiece is a mixture of soft blue pumpkins – a tiny velvet one made by me and a beautiful crocheted one made by Stephanie and gifted to me. The crystal spooner holding the silk flowers belonged to Stephanie’s paternal grandmother Betty, my former mother-in-law.

Our soft-hued table wasn’t the usual Thanksgiving color scheme, perhaps, but it showcased the Currier & Ives perfectly and the fellowship of these special people meant the world to me.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday in spite of the pandemic!

Here’s an image to Pin if you’d like to save this tablescape for future ideas.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Wishing a safe and blessed Thanksgiving to all my friends in the U.S., and a heartfelt “Thank you” for being part of this community, wherever you may be in the world!

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