Things you will need
Pick a set of cloth napkins that are colorful and have a thin fabric quality. Using a thin fabric will help you fold it easily, unlike other types of fabrics. To achieve a classier look, you can go for white linen napkins or lace-trimmed napkins. Just take note that these options are more on the expensive side.
- Iron the napkins first
Please do not work on creased napkins as they are tough to fold. Always iron all your cloth napkins. If you have a starch, you may use it while ironing to add some crisp to the cloth.
- Find a flat surface to work on
You can either pick a kitchen or dining table to work at. It doesn’t matter what kind of table you have as long as it has a flat surface. Just make sure that you clear up the table from any obstructions and mess to keep the cloth napkins clean.
- Lay the cloth napkin as a square
Position the finished side of the cloth napkin face down while the seams of the edges should be facing upwards.
- Start the folding process.
First, fold the top part of the cloth napkin down to the bottom edge. Then, fold the left edge over to the right edge, leaving a small layered square.
- Make the shape of a diamond
Have the square cloth turn diagonally to form a diamond shape and have the edges folded at the bottom napkin. Then, fold the right and left sides meeting it vertically to the center part. Once you’re done, you should have a diamond shape by now or a kite-looking image.
- More folding
Slowly turn the napkin over and bring both the right and left sides vertically to the center again. Then, fold the top part pointing down to the bottom of the napkin. Fold both the right and left sides altogether under the napkin. Stand the fold going upright towards the base.
- You should have a standing swan by now
After all the folding, your swan napkin should be finished already. In case your swan napkin refuses to stand, put some more starch to the napkin to improve its crispness.
- Work on the swan’s head and tail
Fold the narrow point over so you can form the swan’s head. Slowly separate the layers on both sides of the napkin to form the swan’s tail feathers.
- Prepare for the Party!
Gather all your finished swan napkins and make sure they are all secured and doesn’t come off easily. Position each one of them at your guest’s table or have it sit on top of the plate to grab more attention. If you’re hosting a romantic dinner for your spouse or for the love of your life, position the two swans next to each other, facing at the same time. Its beaks will then shape into a heart, bringing that romantic vibe for that special occasion.
- When choosing cloth napkins, choose the design that has lesser patterns. If the cloth has too many designs going on, the guests might not appreciate the truest form of the swan napkins. It’s best to stick with solid colors or simple patterns to emphasize the form of the swan.
- Set aside some spare time to assemble your swan napkins as it takes time, depending on how many guests you’re expecting to accommodate. Please refrain from doing it last minute or the quality of your work will be compromised.
- Do not throw your napkins after the party. Wash and store it properly for future use. This way you will save more money the next time you’ll throw a party at home.
- If the napkins got stained after using, do some home remedies to take it out. You may use baking soda or lemon to soften the stain. Never use bleach or strong types of laundry soap. This kind will damage the quality of the napkins, which results in discoloration.
- When ironing the napkins, it’s helpful to use starch. If you don’t have one, you can make an easy mix by using: 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 pint of water. Shake it well and poof! You’ve got your instant starch solution.
- Get interactive when hosting a party at home. Instead of making the napkin swans beforehand, organize a napkin swan making tutorial with your guests. They will surely appreciate you sharing your skill and expertise that they can apply in their own gathering. Please make sure you invite them earlier before dinner so you won’t eat dinner too late. Provide some snacks for them, too!
- Other than picking one color napkin cloth, try choosing multicolored ones. Wouldn’t it be nice to see different colors of napkin swans arrayed on the table? This will surely impress your guests in no time!