Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fine Dining 101: Setting up the table

As a host, it is your duty to make sure that your guests is entertained and that the party runs smoothly. It would help that your home is impeccably clean and decorated in fashion, but the real star of the night- the moment that all your guests will excitedly anticipate- is that of the dinner. 

Wow them with the first impression. Create a memorable dinner table display that will get them excited for the night ahead. 

Here’s a helpful guide on how to give your guests a five-star dining experience by perfecting the table setting.

1. Whether it’s a dinner for two or party of 12, you have to remember that formal dinners need ample table space to accommodate all the utensils for all the courses.  In order for your guests to relax and enjoy the entire dinner, provide elbow room of a minimum of 15 inches between place settings. 

2. A trick learned from hotels is to layer two linens underneath the formal table cloth. This will provide a cushion and extra padding to absorb spills should they occur during the night. The extra padding also ensures that the uppermost layer (the table cloth) does not slip and that the dinnerware does not budge too easily. (Tip: For a truly sophisticated look, go with cream colored linens.)

3. The general rule when setting up the table is to place no more than three utensils on either side of the dinner plate to prevent the clutter. The service plate is placed in the center, while the butter plate is placed just above the forks, which should go on the left side of the plate. As such, the spoons go on the other side. Next, place napkins in napkin rings to make it look more formal, with the design set as right-side up. The salad plate should be aligned on the side of the fork, which is to be served either before or after the main entrée. Make sure that your glasses are arranged at a negative angle above the dinner knife with the wine glass coming on top of the water glass. 

4. While the perfectly laid out table will already look amazing. To complete the ambiance, create centrepieces that will delight your guests. Flowers are typical but you may play around with other ornaments and other decor based on a theme. Of course, candle votives always add a romantic air of sophistication. 

Now pair your lovely table setting with equally memorable food!

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