A meal doesn’t just appeal to taste; environment, tools and company all affect how we enjoy our food. After a busy week, we take real pleasure in a long, drawn-out meal on the weekend, so set the table, gather your loved ones, and make the most of a special meal.
A bite on the go, an instant pleasure, the day continues; we all know the feeling of a satisfied hunger. Dining, on the other hand, is an altogether different affair, an assemblage put together with thought, care, and even love.
Whatever the meal, the table setting dictates your dining experience. A balanced fork is a thing of beauty, comfortable in the hand and familiar to the eye, and a simple, quality linen is a finishing touch, but one that we feel makes all the difference.
The napkin is is a blank canvas, folded one way for Sunday lunch but another at Christmas. We have put together some of our favourite arrangements, for those new to napkin-folding as well as those veterans of fine dining.
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
The Bird of Paradise
Fold the napkin into a quarter, and then again to form a triangle.
Place it so that the open tip is pointing away from you.
Fold the right-hand corner diagonally down along the centre line, and repeat with the left.
Fold these wings underneath to form another triangle.
Fold the triangle in half by bringing the centre seam towards you and allowing the ends to fall.
Holding the base firmly to keep the folds together, pull up the four flaps created by the napkin’s corners.
Straighten the base and place on the table.
Fold the napkin in half diagonally, and place with the open corner facing away from you.
Fold the far-right corner up diagonally so that the point rests on top of the far corner. Repeat with the left.
Flip the napkin over, keeping the open end pointing away from you.
Fold the bottom of the napkin up so that the point sits 4-5cm from the top.
Flip the napkin over again, and curl both sides round until they meet.
Tuck one into the other and stand it upright.
The Silverware Pouch
Fold the napkin into quarters, with the open corner at the top left.
Fold the top-most layer down diagonally.
Turn the napkin over, so that the open corner is now top right.
Fold the right-hand side over about a third of the way and press down.
Repeat with the left-hand side, and tuck it into the right.
Turn over again, straighten, and insert cutlery, or a small treat for your loved one.
"It's around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world."
Quote by Oscar Wilde
Quote by Alice Waters