Tablescapes, Early Thanksgiving & Turkey Napkin Fold

We had a little early Thanksgiving for 2

casual Thanksgiving

Just a casual meal set at the bar counter

Thanksgiving place setting

Thanksgiving text placemats from Pier 1 several years ago


and I couldn’t resist these 2 salad plates at Marshall’s

Thanksgiving for 2 2

A matching napkin lines the cornucopia for the rolls

bread basket

A Thanksgiving butter dish

butter dish

Our “centerpiece” is the view of the bar shelves full of Thanksgiving glassware

Thanksgiving bar

and Thanksgiving vignettes

Thanksgiving vignette

Our chairs are covered with Painted Turkey Aprons that Super Boy made last year and a Burlap Turkey Bottle Topper sits on a wine bottle

Thanksgiving for 2

The “turkey” napkins were a happy accident

turkey napkin 3

They turned out so cute, that I thought you might like to try this too

turkey napkin 4

You could use any cylindrical napkin ring and 2 different colored napkins

turkey napkin fold

1.  Fold bottom napkin in half horizontally into a rectangle.  Lay second napkin out flat and grab it in the center, forming a loose cone shape.  Lay the cone on top of the rectangle.

2.  Fold in sides of bottom napkin and loosely fold over the cone shaped napkin

3.  Roll the tip of the napkins over 2 times

4.  Turn napkins over

5.   hold napkins near the bottom

6.  Insert into the napkin ring.  The fabric should be tight enough to stay inside the ring securely, do not pull it all the way through.  You might have to make adjustments here depending on the thickness of the fabric

7.  Fluff the napkins into “feathers,” by folding upwards, spreading slightly and pulling up points of cloth

turkey napkin 4

I used 2 cotton napkins that are soft, but have some body so they held their shape

turkey napkin fold

I have had these turkey napkin rings for years, but you could easily use a plain ring for a similar effect

turkey napkin

and add a pipe cleaner!

PicMonkey Collage

Make a simple loop for the turkey head and bend it in just slightly under the “chin.”  Then bend the ends at a 90 degree angle and stick them through the napkin ring under the napkins. [the clothespin was just holding it in place so I could take the photo]

You can also use a mini pumpkin or pine cone to help support the “feathers” from the rear

turkey napkin 2

Stop back by tomorrow and I will share the recipe for the Thanksgiving Casserole we had.  It’s an easy way to recreate Thanksgiving any time of year or a great way to use up those leftovers!

Gobble Gobble!


There’s still plenty of time to make a turkey apron, click here for the tutorial

glassware, platter, butter dish/ JMdesigns


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20 Responses to “Tablescapes, Early Thanksgiving & Turkey Napkin Fold”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, Your turkey fantail napkins are too cute! I would love to have a set of the wire toms but the pipe cleaner version is so clever and an adorable substitution! I saw those fun salad plates this year too. I hope your friends and family Give Thanks for your endless creativity with paint brush, at the table and in the kitchen 🙂

  2. Lynn says:

    The napkins turned out cute! I really like the eat, drink and give thanks plates Jenna, a nice reminder for everyone:@)

  3. Love everything about this post,Jenna. The turkey napkins are fabulous!!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Jenna! I love those turkey napkins! I was just looking online for those silver napkin rings, but hadn’t ordered them yet, but you’ve convinced me they would be good to have for a Thanksgiving table; thank you for your detailed tutorial: napkin folds can be tricky, but you made the directions easy to follow. Love your Early Thanksgiving tablescape! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. Very cute! Love the wire napkin rings.

  6. Poppy says:

    Love the pops of orange at your beautiful Thanksgiving tablesetting! The layered turkey napkins are sooo adorable, thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial:) The kids look so cute wearing the painted aprons 🙂 Hugs, Poppy

  7. Christine says:

    omg those are some cute turkeys you got there (including the little Very very pretty!

  8. Everything is fabulous as usual at your house. Love seeing all your hand painted glassware all together on your glass shelves. Cute turkey napkin fold.

    Adorable little boys all decked out in their turkey aprons.

  9. Hello from Thursday’s Favorite Things. Your decor is amazing. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. Kim says:

    That is some centerpiece! That was a lot of work putting together, I’m sure, but it’s very eye-catching and worth it! Your place settings are so pretty with those beautiful plates. I like how you repeated the words again with the place mats. I love your turkey napkin fold, too! Fun aprons covering the chairs is the cherry on top.

  11. Oh, m’gosh, they look so cute in their little aprons! That would be a really fun way to keep kids occupied while you’re trying your best to get dinner ready!

    I love the napkins. That might be a fun project for the kids, too. Kids love things that are “crafty” in nature, and they’d be so proud of themselves!!!

  12. Bev says:

    Such cute turkey napkins! Love them and your table is wonderful.

  13. Jewel says:

    I love that napkin fold especially with your turkey napkin rings! Cute dishes!

  14. Marigene says:

    Cute, cute turkey napkins, Jenna. I am always looking for new EASY napkin folds! Love all your fall decorations…it is sad that fall is over and everything will be Christmas for a few weeks…I don’t count anything Christmasy before this holiday has been had.
    Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

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