Not only are the holidays upon us, but they take us straight into awards season, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and more. Given how many dinner parties you are likely be hostessing over the next few months, we thought we’d clue you in on some easy ways to spark an instant conversation the minute your guests take a seat at the table. That’s right, we’re talking about napkins. Sounds boring, we know, but there are some seriously cool ideas out there (which actually don’t require you to be an origami expert to accomplish).

Learn a couple of these and your table will instantly inherit a bit more personality, scoring you major hostess points. Read on as we take you through a dozen of our favorites.

1. Heart Napkins: What better way to start a dinner with the people you love? Obviously this is one to bookmark for Valentine’s Day as well. (via Salty Pineapple)

2. Bunny Napkin: Brit showed Carson Daly how to accomplish the bunny napkin fold on the Today Show earlier this year. He didn’t quite get it, but we promise it is much easier than he made it look. (via Brit + Co.)

3. Elf Hat: So stinking cute! While Will Ferrell might not fit in this, we can’t get enough. This is actually one of the easiest of the list as well. (via Good Housekeeping)

4. Elf Shoe: Pair it with the Elf Hat, or make multi-colored variations to live on their own. Whichever way you display them, we promise these boots are made for talkin’ and that’s just what they’ll (cause your guests to) do… (via Serendipity)

5. Shirt Napkin: We love this one because of how versatile it is. Use it at a boy’s baby shower, for Father’s Day, or lose the collar to create a jersey for your big game day! (via How About Orange)

6. Bow Tie: The best part of this design? Not only is it adorable, but it literally would take you less than a minute. Just fold your napkin, scrunch in the middle, and tie ribbon. (via Idle Wife)

7. Turkey Napkin: You’ll definitely need a stiffer napkin to make this little turkey happen, but it’s sure to cause a ton of commotion at the dinner table if you manage to make them look this good. (via Martha Stewart)

8. Envelope Napkin: While no sticker is technically needed on this envelope, it’s a great touch that can be personalized for any type of party. The plain envelope design would be just as cute. (via MG Party Impressions)

9. Christmas Tree: Instead of using a napkin ring around the napkin, use it to create a tree topper instead. Love this clever idea. (via BHG)

10. Angel Napkin: This angel was made with a simple white napkin and gold pipe cleaners. Easy peasy. (via My Studio 3D)

11. Sushi Napkins: How rad would these napkins look with our sushi cupcakes?! Answer: very rad. Annnnd now we’re hungry. (via Giddy Gastronome)

12. Rose Napkin: While this specific design is so dainty and spring-like, if you use a red napkin and bold green “leaf,” your napkin poinsettia will match the dinner table perfectly for the holidays as well. (via Dear Alisha)

What other creative napkin folding techniques have you guys seen (or tried!) lately? Give us a shout out in the comments below or over on Twitter.