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Easy Tips For a Dinner Party Table Setting

by Well Polished Brighton, Jun 2019

Having a big dinner party or a few close friends over for a meal? If you’re stuck for tableware ideas, we’ve got some great ones here to help you create the perfect setting.

Choosing Your Table Cloth

Choose your tablecloth based on your dinnerware. If you have patterned dinnerware, choose a plain tablecloth. If you have plain, single-colored dinnerware, you can choose a patterned tablecloth.

Be careful with too much colour. Balance brightly colored dinnerware, whether it is patterned or not, with a more subtle and neutral colour for your tablecloth.

To prevent stains on your table and reduce clanging from dishes and cutlery, consider using a plastic pad under the table cloth.

Creating Your Place Settings

Add a personal touch with some name cards and take the guesswork out of where to sit for your guests. Plus, it adds style and personality and shows a great attention to detail that people will love.

Help guests sit comfortably but ensuring there’s enough space. If you’re table isn’t quite big enough, you may want to hire an extra one from an event or party hire store. It doesn’t have to be a fancy table either…just cover it with a nice tablecloth and you’ll be all set.

Add some colour with charger plates if your dinnerware is white. But again, if your tablecloth is adding plenty of colour, you might forgo the extra busyness.

If your not going completely formal, here are some general guidelines for placing cutlery. Forks to the left, knives to the right and dessert flatware above the plate. Salad and appetizer forks and knives should go on the outside. The cutlery for the main meal is placed closest to the plate.

Glassware goes in the top right of your setting and how complicated you make this up to you. Traditionally, you’ll start with the water glass, wine glass and finish with a dessert glass. Unless you have a lot of space at your table, that can create a lot of clutter and most guests will probably not use all those glasses. if you know your guests preferences in advance then you can place the appropriate glassware at their place setting.

Other Details

Make sure there are enough salt and pepper shakers and butter trays for your guests to reach or pass easily. If you have a large table, you don’t want your guests to have to shout across the table to get what they need.

Don’t forget the centerpiece. Try a floral arrangement, tapered candles or something to suit your unique taste.