It’s the little things. Whether you’ve put forth the effort to whip up a three course meal worthy of Julia and invited a bevy of guests – or you are having a simple Sunday supper – a properly set table will elevate your gathering.
1) Start with the Basic Table Setting – it is your foundation – this setting is fitting for most occasions and can be built upon as the event formality is elevated.
2) First the dinner plate is positioned in the center then the flatware is arranged around the plate in the order it will be used – the fork is placed to the left, the knife is placed to the right of the plate with the blade facing the plate and the spoon is placed to the right of the knife. A water glass goes above the knife.
3) Now step it up – if a salad is to be served then place the salad fork outside the dinner fork. Salad and bread and butter plates go to the left of the forks. White and red wine glasses are positioned to the left of the water glass. If you are serving a soup – place the bowl on the plate and the soup spoon to the right of the dinner spoon.
4) The bones of your table are there but dress up the look with a charger under the dinner plate and a low centerpiece. Your flowers should never be above 10-12 inches – you want your guests to be able to chat without leaning around a tall bouquet.
5) Napkins can be placed under the forks for an informal setting – but when you take things formal go the extra mile by trying a fancy fold or incorporating your napkin rings with a sprig of greenery.
A lovely table sets the mood for your dinner party – don’t skimp on this step. A properly set table is the first step to a truly enjoyable meal.