Etiquette enthusiasts, look no further: here we present a go-to guide for your next dinner party.
Knowing how to set a casual table will come in handy when you’re tasked with knowing how to set an informal table for a get-together or a laid-back dinner party. Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems. However, the more formal it gets the more confusion can easily come into play.
Now you can stop fretting. All you have to do is follow a few basic guidelines, and your guests will think you’ve been doing this all your life.
Even the simplest of foods will look nice against the white background. Off-white is another elegant option. You may also use contrasting napkins for a more dramatic effect.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Formal dinner parties don’t have to be intimidating or awkward. They can be quite fun if you know what you’re doing. Start with the place settings. The etiquette rules for setting the table are simple and very straightforward.
Many people have no idea how a formal dinner table is supposed to be set, so the guests are likely to look to you for guidance on proper etiquette. Discreetly take the lead.
The first item to place on the tablecloth is the dinner plate. Position it right in the middle of each setting, equally spaced and with enough room for the rest of the setting.
A formal dinner calls for an elegant centerpiece. Use candles, fresh-cut flowers, or any other decoration that enhances the table without distracting from the meal.
To the right of the plate, and toward the center of the table is where you should place the water glass. If you are serving wine, the wine glass should be next to the water glass.
FOR THE OTHER DISHES
You will need to make sure you have room for additional plates for bread and additional courses you will be serving. Soup bowls and salad plates should be centered on the dinner plate, one at a time, and removed before the main course is served.
The eating utensils should be placed in order of how they are intended to be used, starting with the outside and working toward the plate.
Coffee will be brought with the dessert, so this is the time to add the coffee cups which should be placed about an inch beyond the top right of the dessert plate or bowl.
Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems. However, the more formal it gets the more confusion can easily come into play. Many of us can navigate a table setting fairly easily. Even if we are unsure of a particular utensil or cannot quite decipher which order the courses will be served in based on the setting, we can make our way through by paying attention to others .
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