You might not be able to pull together a Thanksgiving table decor à la Martha Stewart, but rest assured you can fold a napkin. And that's really all you need, says Los Angeles food writer and food stylist Denise Vivaldo, author of a new book, "Top 100 Napkin Folds."
Vivaldo says Thanksgiving Day hosts have enough to worry about without feeling the pressure of putting together a table-scape involving tiered floral arrangements, crafty centerpieces or ice sculptures capturing fall leaves in flight (Google it!).
A cloth napkin is perhaps the easiest, and thriftiest, way to dress up the Thanksgiving Day table, she says. "Cloth napkins add a touch of elegance to any table. It tells your guests, 'I care.'"
Her new book contains more than 1,000 step-by-step photos of napkins being folded in ways that run the gamut from playful to posh. The book divides napkin folds from the easy (like the simple "Buffet Roll") to the advanced. The elaborately pleated "Weave" requires 15 steps. Per napkin.