Table etiquette is not complete without a perfectly folded quality napkin. The importance of premium napkins is often unrecognized, but setting a table with one sends a message of perfection. Just as silly as it might sound, choosing a napkin is not an easy task. You will find numerous varieties of designs and quality around. Visit 2XL HOME and select from our extensive napkin collection.
Importance of Napkin
During a meal, napkins serve as both a tool and a signal. If you feel you don’t need one, perhaps remembering these five benefits of napkins will change your mind about keeping a great table etiquette!
1. A Meal Begins With the Napkin
When you pull out your napkin, it's an indication that it’s time to eat. Napkins should be placed on laps before each meal, and the host should set an example.
2. Handles Crumbs
When a napkin is put on our lap, we usually don't think much about what it's for, but it saves our clothes from getting soiled.
3. Handy to Wipe Mouths
You might need to wipe that extra dot of sauce or crumbs away and that's where napkins come to the rescue.
4. Hold napkin in and out
Holding the napkin so that the inner layer is used to wipe prevents the stain from transferring to your clothing or the tablecloth and also keeps the napkin from becoming noticeably discolored on your lap.
5. Closing with Napkins
When done with your meal, fold your napkin into a loose rectangle and set it to the left of your plate.
Types of Napkin Fabrics
You will find napkins of different, sizes, prints, designs as well as fabrics. Each occasion calls for a specific set of napkins to choose from. Napkins designed specifically for use with cold beverages can be placed under glasses to absorb condensation as guests sip. Liven up an occasion by adding more colors to your table setting, and why not start with the napkins? Napkins in subdued earth tones work well for lavish dinner parties and weddings.
You can choose the napkin material-Disposable or Washable-depending on the occasion. Reusable napkins are typically cloth material including linen. In contrast, disposable napkins are typically made from paper or recycled materials.
Paper napkins are convenient because they are disposable and single-use, making them ideal for informal parties, food service establishments, and large gatherings. There are a variety of napkin alternatives available, each with its distinct ply count and level of softness. Remember that absorbency in napkins is of utmost importance so that messes can be quickly cleaned up. In addition, the manufacturing process significantly affects the napkin's final quality and softness.
Napkins with Micropoint
The edges of microprint paper napkins are embossed with a pattern of tiny dots to add a decorative touch during manufacturing. These disposable napkins are perfect for informal gatherings or dining out. Unfortunately, Micropoint paper napkins are often only available in higher ply counts, such as 3-ply, because the embossing demands a thicker napkin.
Air-Layered Paper Napkins
Air is used to transport and connect wood pulp fibers to create air-aid paper napkins. Traditionally, paper napkins are made using water to link threads together; however, replacing water with air results in a considerably softer product. Airlaid napkins have a texture and absorbency similar to that of linen. Airlaid napkins are the best option if you want printed napkins because they absorb ink well and retain vivid colors and patterns during printing.
Cloth napkins are typically preferred for formal occasions such as dinner parties, Gala, and wedding receptions. This is because napkins made from cloth are luxurious, soft, absorbent, and one-of-a-kind. However, cloth napkins might be more expensive than paper napkins depending on the cloth used.
Lighter and more breathable than cotton napkins, linen napkins are an amazing alternative. Napkins made from linen are less absorbent than cotton ones but are more resistant to water and dry quickly. Even though they are softer than cotton napkins, linen napkins have a firmer feel, which helps them resist wrinkling and retain good looks for longer. Napkins made from linen are ideal for outdoor celebrations and summer weddings praise for their natural, textured feel and high breathability.
Cotton napkins can be left unbleached, bleached to a specific hue, or dyed to match the decor of any given establishment. They are thick and absorbent, so make sure your visitors have plenty on hand. Reusable napkins like these are perfect for guests who may have allergies because they are hypoallergenic, and typically more flexible and softer than linen napkins.
The napkin-folding you choose will set the tone for the rest of your flatware at the table. You will find innumerable napkin folding techniques-easy and hard to choose from. How you display your napkin always depends on the occasion of the table setting and the size of the table.
Common Napkin Folds:
Napkins pre-folded with a pocket for keeping cutlery are known as pocket fold or 1/2 fold napkins.
Napkins that are not pre-folded and instead arrive in a flat, crease-free bundle.
Napkins folded in quarters are folded in half vertically and then in half horizontally.
Napkins folded in 1/8ths are flat and folded in half vertically, then in half horizontally, and then in half again.
Should I wash cloth napkins before using them?
Napkins washed before use to remove any chemical residues left over from the manufacturing process.
How long can you keep napkins?
We advise against storing napkins for over three months without removing them and repacking them. Napkins may develop nearly permanent creases if left in one position for too long, leading to localized stress and eventual wrinkling.
How thick is a napkin?
To indicate the number of layers and overall thickness of a paper napkin, the term "ply" is used. Napkins come in varying layers, with small ones often being one-ply, medium ones being one or two, and large ones being two or three.