We are having a party! A Blog-o-versary Party! I know I’m mentioned this over and over and over again, but this anniversary, our first as a blog, represents a significant milestone to us and we are so excited that we have to share every. stinkin. thing. that we are doing in preparation for this party! So, How to Make Paper Napkins Special is just one of the many projects we have taken on to make our party special (and, hopefully, memorable to our guests)!
We’ve kinda sorta decided that butterflies are our “logo”. You may have noticed that we have butterflies following our website address on our photos. And, our website colors are a pale dusty blue and gray. Well, looking for affordable paper napkins that would go with our butterfly motif just turned out to be a waste of time. So, I decided to create our own and Tiffany found a cute butterfly hole punch at Michael’s. And, I found some pretty sparkly ribbon at Michael’s. I ordered two different colored paper luncheon napkins from Amazon in pale blue and gray and set to work.
Here’s what I did:
First, you need to set up an area with a hard flat surface. I put my large cutting board (upside down) on my kitchen table. You’ll need to be sure you have extra napkins because you won’t get every one perfect and there will be some waste.
Center the butterfly hole punch (or a hole punch of your choice) over the area you want the decorative hole to be. I wanted mine in the top corner of the napkin. I won’t gild the lily here – punching a decorative hole into a multi-layered napkin is hard work! You will probably need leverage like I did, so all of this was done standing up! Once you have the napkin centered on the punch, push down with all your might! The little butterflies on the left were the punches from the napkins. I saved them for another project (stay tuned).
Here’s what it looked like once punched.
Once you have punched all your napkins (I made 40), you are ready to assemble. Place your second color (ours is baby blue) on top of your primary color with the punched hole (ours is gray).
Place your silverware in the center of the two layered napkins.
Fold the napkins in at both opposite corners. We wanted the finished napkins to be a relatively tight bundle so that the silverware wouldn’t fall out!
Then, fold the napkins to make your nice little tight bundle!
Next, cut your ribbon to the length you need. I made my lengths of ribbon about 10 inches and cut them all at once so they were ready to use. Turn your folded napkin over so that it is face up on your ribbon.
Then tie the ribbon in a square knot – right over left, left over right. Or, tie your ribbon in a bow. I decided to do a knot because the ribbon I chose to use was rather stiff from the sparkly insert and did not tie into bows easily. But, a knot was just fine!
Now repeat these steps until you have the desired number of party napkins needed. I punched all the holes first and my mother cut all the ribbon. Mom rolled about 22 of these napkins, but then got tired and wanted to go home to rest (she’s 83!). So, I finished the rest until we had 40.
This is the first 20 on a pretty silver tray. I realized that 40 weren’t going to fit on this tray, so I had to come up with Plan B!
So, I went looking for something else that was gray.
I found this pretty gray basket and turned it on its side to load the napkins. Originally, I just started laying the napkins on top of each other in the basket, but that wasn’t working either! So, doing it this way was the solution.
All finished and ready for the party! Thanks, Mom, for your help!
Try this project for your next party when you can’t find napkins that fit your theme!
Do you have any party napkin ideas? Please share in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!
(other posts about our Blog-o-versary Party)
- Cute and Easy Party Name Tags
- Easy Party Favors Featuring You!
- Tea Light Tutorial: Adding Edible Sprinkles for a Bit of Sparkle