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Napkin Folding Ideas

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

My sister-in-law insists that napkins should be put into napkin rings. Are napkin rings really necessary? What is the best way to set the table with napkins?


Dear Annoyed,

Napkin rings are not necessary, but are fun ways to dress up a table. There are dozens of ways to display napkins, and it's a matter of personal taste. Napkins can go next to the plate, on the plate, or in a glass. Formal place settings often have the napkin folded to the left of the forks or on the plate.

To see examples of many different ways to fold napkins and where to display them, see