Romans are believed to be the first people to formally use napkins when dining. Back then one large napkin was tied around the neck and a servant stood nearby with a smaller napkin that was often dipped in scented water for dabbing at the mouth. Throughout history napkins and linens have held a special place in the art of fine entertaining. Emily Post actually wrote that “only double damask would do and fancy foldings are not in good taste.”
Thankfully dining etiquette has relaxed over the years and today paper products are the norm for most meals. But, we can’t think of a better way to use those lovely cloth linens that are sitting in your closets than during the holidays. These simple techniques of folding will make your table extra special.