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Napkins with a Twist: Fabulous Folds with Flair for Every Occasion Hardcover – June 8, 2006

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Book Description

Mixing whimsy and elegance, celebrity event designer David Stark fashions stylish setups for every occasion.

When magazines want to know what’s going to be in style next, they ask tastemaker David Stark. Here, in Napkins with a Twist, Stark turns his unerring eye to the art of the perfect table setting and presentation, focusing on the quick, inexpensive, and endlessly creative possibilities offered by simple squares of fabric. From whimsical to formal, everyday to evening, these napkin folds encompass everything from classics such as the French fold and the peacock to Stark’s own innovative designs, as well as famous signature folds—from Buckingham Palace to the White House, The Pierre in New York to the Greenbrier in West Virginia, Michael Bras Restaurant in France to Delmonico's in New York. Additionally, Stark takes a peek inside some of the world’s most luxurious dining halls—the captain’s black-tie table on the Titanic, the chic Napa Valley dining room of The French Laundry—and reveals how the best in the business put just the right touches on their starched linens. Accompanied by both beautiful color photographs and practical, step-by-step photos, Napkins with a Twist is a much-needed breath of fresh air in this surprisingly fertile little niche and is destined to become the new classic in the field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As sweet as a love note, as welcome as a holiday, as easy as pie.

Take simple squares of cloth, succinctly written directions, and clearly photographed steps and create fantastic napkin folds that transform your table into a showpiece.

Mixing whimsy and elegance, celebrity event designer David Stark fashions stylish setups for every occasion. In Napkins with a Twist, Stark turns his unerring eye to the art of the perfect table setting, focusing on the quick, inexpensive, and creative.

From everyday to evening, children's parties to black-tie affairs, a clever napkin fold turns any gathering into a memorable event. Classic folds such as the Tuexedo Fold, together with Stark's own innovative designs—including the wildly fun Fortune Cookie and Sushi Roll folds—make setting the table a no-brainer.

Folds from Buckingham Palace and the Kennedy White House, New York's Pierre and Napa Valley's French Laundry, reveal how royalty, the rich and famous, the world's legendary restaurants, all put just the right touches on their signature starched linens.

Along with its array of napkin folds, Napkins with a Twist spills over with useful tips, how-to lists, etiquette reminders, table settings, and surprising suggestions for how a napkin fold can become the starting point for designing an entire occasion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing, Inc. (June 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Frederich on November 11, 2006
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I have always loved to create different napkin folds for my table when entertaining, and my guests always comment on them. David Stark creates some beautiful and fun folds. I got so many ideas for napkins and also for table settings. This book is beautiful to look at, and it also has some famous folds from the White House and other celebrated places. If you love to entertain, this is for you. The instructions are very easy to follow and the folding is fast.
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I bought this book for my very creative fourteen year old daughter as a Christmas gift. She spent most of the morning trying all the folds and then had the table set with a variation of a couple of examples from the book for our family dinner. She had no problem duplicating the folds, the only drawback is I am now searching for another good napkin folding book for her, she is hooked.
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I constantly refer to this book to show brides and corporate customers how a well folded napkin can add so much for so little. My customers love many of the "celebrities" that have their special fold- like First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, renowned hotels and many more. Best of all, we can show different ways of using menu cards with a great folded napkin. Now if only the rental linen companies would starch their napkins, we could have just the fun of folding!
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Lovely book for anyone looking for different and creative ideas on napkin folding. I loved the content: instructions were clear and helpful with lots of pictures. Content ranges from classic folds, to special event folds - thanksgiving, easter, kid parties, etc. I do think that nowadays you could easily find some of these folds online, but overall I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this book to my friends.
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After reading a review in our local newspaper about this book, I decided that it would make a great gift for my mother - who is quite the entertainer. She loves having guests over for dinner and doing those extra special touches, like folding napkins, using her china and silverware and including place cards for each guest. It wasn't long after I gave her the book that I was treated to seeing some of the new folds she had learned after reading this book. I loved some of the more elegant folds, like the Tuxedo and Coronation. But my kids got a real kick out of the kite and fortune cookie. I just borrowed the book from my mother so I could take another look at the ghost. I thought that would be a fun addition to our Halloween festivities this year!
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We had a DIY wedding and used this book (brought by my mother in law) to figure out how to iron and fold 80 napkins. She uses it all the time for different holidays/big dinner parties and I ended up buying it for my mom after it was so helpful in guiding us for my big day. Who knew people got so into napkin folding?? If you want your table to look elegant, definitely check out this book. The folds are easy if you have a set of square napkins and an iron.
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Napkins with a Twist: Fabulous Folds with Flair for Every Occasion is a must have for anyone who enjoys entertaining. The step-by-step instructions are easy to understand and the results leave guests astonished at the presentation of your table. I orderd one of the books for myself and then another one for a gift. David Stark has napkin folding down to an inspiring art.
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