Easter Table Inspiration: Tussie Mussie Napkins


I found some Easter table and napkin inspiration in the March/April issue of Southern Lady Magazine~



Fun for dressing up white dishes and providing your family & guests with a few Easter treats!

You’ll want to use a solid color or a reversible-patterned napkin, since both the front and the back will be visible when you create your Tussie Mussie.

napkin fold tussie mussie-001

There are a couple of methods to create

your Napkin Tussie Mussies.

The first way and a little more challenging:

Fold your napkin into a square.

Fold down one corner to create a cuff. Flip napkin over and roll into a cone shape. Tuck your ends and tie with a ribbon.


Your finished Tussie Mussie will hold its shape better if you use a napkin/fabric that has some body or iron your napkin.


The fun part is filling your

Tussie Mussies with goodies. . .


Candy or decorative eggs and chocolate carrots tucked in among decorative paper shred or Easter grass. . .


Include a chocolate wrapped

Easter Greeting. . .


Or fill them with flatware

or add a few flowers. . .


The second & easy way:

Use a solid napkin with a decorative trim or edge. Fold napkin in half and then roll into a cone shape.

Tussie Mussie Napkins-001

 Fill Tussie Mussie with shred or Easter grass to hold the shape and treats!

You can provide an extra napkin for your guests so the Tussie Mussie stays wrapped and keeps the grass contained during your meal :)


Mini Daffodils are just the right size and stay fresh with florist water tube/picks from the floral supply aisle at Michaels or Hobby Lobby~


Decorative chocolate~ House of Dorchester~ HomeGoods & T.J. Maxx

Decorative Eggs~ Michaels

Napkins~ Kohl’s, HomeGoods, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Plates~  Mikasa Stanton & Paula Deen Whitaker

Flatware~ Oneida Community Evening Star

Tussie Mussie Napkins

Thank you for your visit, sharing with

 Metamorphosis Monday

  65 comments for “Easter Table Inspiration: Tussie Mussie Napkins

  1. Dani
    March 23, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Sooo refreshing & inspiring !!! A jumpstart for the day ! (6am / 30F and dark outside my VA window – )
    What kind of software do you use to create such wonderful multiple picture postcards ?

    Thank you so much and Have a great & inspiring day !

    • March 23, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Thank you! I use Picasa, it’s free :)

  2. Sandi Lee
    March 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

    The Dorchester chocolates are fabulous-everything is beautiful!

  3. March 23, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I love Tussie Mussies. Adorable!!! Happy Easter!

  4. KIM
    March 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    So darling!

  5. March 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Just delightful- love the chocolates and the small flowers tucked into the napkin-and a great tutorial on folding!

  6. March 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Your tussie-messiest are darling! Happy Easter!

  7. March 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    These are fabulous!! I have mini daffs that have just burst through the frozen tundra here but I don’t think they will be blooming in time for Easter. xo

  8. Rrjd
    March 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    So beautiful! Thanks for inspring my Saturday!

  9. March 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

    their so sweet….love this idea.

  10. March 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Napkins are one of my favorite ways of dressing a table so your tussle mussie is a perfect addition to my napkin folding tricks. Very clever with your varied fillings.

  11. Penny
    March 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

    YOU MADE MY DAY !!!! I scrolled down the emails until I saw yours! Absolutely wonderful !!!! Loved the quaint colors !!!!! thank you !!!!!!,

  12. Gibson Val
    March 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I love starting my day with your posts. I’m a big fan of violets and violas and have a friend who’s 92 year old Mother does egg painting so these past couple of mornings have been especially fun.

  13. March 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Absolutely darling! I LOVE Easter so anything I see makes me smile! Thank you for sharing!

  14. March 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I will gladly take any with polka dots and flat ware. Love them Mary.

  15. Pat S.
    March 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

    These are so charming! I was looking for something for our family Easter table, and these are perfect! I can see this adapted for other special days, too. Your posts always brighten my day and inspire me. THANKS!

  16. Linda K.
    March 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I loved this post! I have the perfect napkins for it :-)

  17. March 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Mary, this is the prettiest tussie mussie idea I’ve seen. It’s totally charming! I’ve always loved the tradition of a tussie mussie for spring. I’ve got a pattern and had planned to make some for friends, but may now make them in a napkin or hankie. Love this idea!

  18. March 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Mary, your tussie mussies are just darling. I especially like the solid colored ones with the picot edge. No wonder those napkins hopped home with you!

  19. March 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Perfect for our all ages Easter dinner! Thanks!

  20. March 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    These are adorable and perfect for Easter! Thanks for show us how to do this Mary!

    hugs, Linda

  21. janie gore
    March 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! So perfect for Easter. Thanks for sharing.

  22. March 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    So darling. I love the Dorchester chocolate bars and the paper mache eggs. Anyone any age would be thrilled to have a surprise laden tussie mussie on their plate.Yours are delightful!

  23. Deborah
    March 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    What a lovely Easter table. I think Easter is my favorite time of the year.

  24. March 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Oh so cute! I would be thrilled to find one of these at my place setting Mary! I’ve collected those Victorian eggs for a while too and use them on my Easter tree-fun:@)

  25. March 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful, love the folds and the goodies. Think I’ll try both. They look so pretty on your white plates.

  26. March 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful and very creative! Lovely accents for any table…May Day comes to mind…My mother would use paper cones made from decorative paper or paper doilies for May Day tussie mussies…

  27. March 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Really adorable napkin fold, Mary. I don’t think I’m going to be entertaining for Easter this year but I’m pinning this to remember for next year!

  28. March 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    What a wonderful rendition! OMG so pretty. I love this. I could see these at Christmas too. Or birthday parties.. thanks so much for sharing and brightening our day. xo malris

  29. March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    These are adorable! What a neat idea.

    – The Tablescaper

  30. March 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Love all the mussie tussies! These could not be cuter! I can tell you had a lot of fun doing this and the ideas were flowing! What a fun surprise for an Easter table or any table! Adorable!

  31. March 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Oooohhhh! I like!!!!!!!! What a great touch for the Easter table!

  32. maureen
    March 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Love it is all I can say! I’m going to copy this idea for my Easter Table! I can’t wait for my guests to see these! Adorable….thank you! thank you!

  33. March 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    These are the cutest sweetest things,ever, I can only imagine the excitement of anyone sitting down at the table with that in front of them, they are such a wonderful surprise for anyone of any age…love the creativity…

  34. March 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Oh my Mary, I LOVE all of your napkins. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  35. March 24, 2013 at 1:49 am

    so very pretty….Everything looks adorable…Happy Easter to you…:):)

  36. March 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Mary, these are so fantastic! I love how you’ve tied them together with the French-wired ribbon. What a sweet idea, and I know that my girls would love this!

    Super post!

  37. March 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

    You inspire me each and every time I come to visit you. These are adorable Mary! Absolutely charming. I have those Lindt carrots too. Love all of their Easter chocolates this year. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable visit!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  38. March 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Mary ~ I got so excited about this adorable post that I pinned your tussie mussies on our Easter Community pinboard. I should have asked you first and not I cannot figure out how to delete them. I did give your site credit for the pics. Email me so we can discuss this. I don’t want you to be mad at me. I just love your creations and I jumped the gun. Sorry.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  39. Pondside
    March 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    They are all so beautiful! I love the polka dot napkin and the yellow/lavender best of all, though.

  40. March 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    first i am so smitten with the name tussie mussie, i can just see a little mouse with a bonnet rolling these up for a tea party with the white duck and baby golden chick. i am WILD over your purple and yellow combo, it just thrills me, my idea of perfection. darling and inventive as ever.

  41. dee
    March 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    A few years ago, people looked at me like I was crazy when I talked about tussie mussies~~how refreshing that their time has come back ’round again. I’m just an old-fashioned kinda gal (as I write this on my ‘puter). This is just lovely, thanks for sharing!

  42. March 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

    These are just too pretty for words, Mary! Such wonderfully creative ideas…I’ll have a hard time choosing which ones to do first.
    Your talent never ceases to amaze me.
    Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful work with us!

  43. March 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    these are adorable! Your guests will absolutely love them. The chocolate bars are so pretty.

  44. Marie
    March 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I, like so many others, found this post to be a visual delight! As with all your other postings, the creative ideas are furthered enhanced by your wonderful photography. I had purchased the picot trim napkins from Kohl’s and returned them because the fabric was a bit heavy. When I saw your tussie mussies, I knew I had made a mistake. So, off I went to repurchase the napkins, and luckily they still had them and they were less expensive than before. I think it will be the green napkins with yellow trim for Easter Sunday and the yellow napkins with lavendar trim for a ladies luncheon. Thank you so much for the idea. MM

  45. March 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I am off in the gently falling snow…a beaitufull site to behold to buy some goodies for us to make these for our extended family dinner on Easter. Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. March 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

    These are so adorable, Mary! I had completely forgotten about tussle-missies!

  47. Debbie
    March 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I love this idea! You are sooo creative!

  48. March 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Very pretty! I’m pinning this to my Easter board. Little Bit

  49. March 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I love these tussie mussies. What a good idea. I think I’ll have to do this. Susan @ throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com

  50. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    March 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oh my word, these are gorgeous. What a stunning and creative idea. Thanks so much for joining TTT and I hope you have a very Blessed Easter. Hugs, Marty

  51. March 26, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    What a lovely Easter table these make! I had never heard of tussie-mussies but they are perfect for special occasion table settings! I would love to have you share them at my party! The Rock N Share!

  52. Pamela
    March 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Sooooooo beautiful! I love your blog. You have great taste girl!

  53. maura
    March 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Your designs are gorgeous thank for sharing…

  54. March 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I love the tussie mussie napkins, they are adorable. Guess what I will be practicing…

  55. March 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I love the napkin fold Mary. Thanks so much for the beautiful tutorial!

  56. March 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    These tussie-mussies are beautiful!!!! What a beautiful presentation. I love the fabric you used and the pretties and flowers. Look so like an Easter Basket? I will have to do this next year. I love what you created. Lovely….

  57. March 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, dear Mary! I hope I can practice these beautiful napkins. They are such a lovely touch to a table! Happy Easter to you!!

  58. March 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I saw this earlier this week and it knocked my socks off! I’m making these for an upcoming holiday! Adorable!

  59. March 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Very Pretty post with lovely tutorials…thank you…:):)

  60. April 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    They look perfect! What a wonderful addition to a Spring table!

  61. March 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I am always looking for new napkin folds…the tussy muss is such a cute idea for spring, especially for an Easter table.

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