Setting the Perfect Table

Setting the Perfect Table

Posted on 12/18/2013

You’re hosting a holiday meal, but you are not exactly sure how to set the table for the evening? Our events experts lend their advice on creating a beautifully appointed table to set the tone for the evening:

  • You want the first impression when your guests see the dining room to be impeccable. Our best advice: set your table a day in advance.  It will save you time and you can avoid any last minute rush to get the “details” done that will make the setting perfect.

  • Create a canvas for your perfect table set with chargers or placemats.  Be creative- a store bought charger isn’t the only option.  Check out a local craft store for wooden discs with bark edges in tact to create a rustic but elegant backdrop to your fine china.

  • When setting the actual places, the order from left to right is: Napkin, fork, plate, knife, spoon. Bread plates and butter knives go in the upper left corner; Glasses go in the upper right corner. Also remember, the knife blade always faces the plate.
  • Make sure your center pieces are not too tall. Take a seat in one of the chairs, and make sure you can easily see across the table.
  • Extra guests and not enough of your favorite place settings?  Mix up your china by combining pieces from different sets.  An eclectic combination of plates and bowls can help you accommodate those extra guests and still use your favorite pieces.