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Preparing for a party can be a fun and energizing experience when you have a plan mapped out and you’re careful in planning the details. Since the food is one of the most important aspects of a successful party, it’s worth putting some effort into designing your special occasion table settings. This brief overview will give you some insights about the best approaches to setting your table for parties and special occasions.

The Items You Need for a Basic, All-Occasion Table Setting

If you’re planning to serve a complete meal at your get-together, you’ll need several important basics: placemats, plates, flatware, napkins and drinking glasses. Depending on the menu you plan to serve, you may need to add other pieces to the setting. If you want to serve the salad, you’ll need salad bowls or plates. If you want to serve coffee, mugs and saucers are an important addition to the basic table setting. Napkin rings are optional, but they can add an elegant focal point to each place setting at the table.

Table Settings for Informal Parties and Gatherings

For informal get-togethers, construct your table setting as follows: Start with a placemat. Center your luncheon or dinner plate on top of the placemat. Place an attractive napkin on the plate; award yourself bonus points if you use an elegant napkin fold. Set a fork to the left-hand side of the plate and a knife with the blade facing inward on the right-hand side of the plate. Set a spoon to the right of the plate. Add a glass at the right-hand side of the place setting near the knife.

If your get-together is extremely informal, like a backyard barbecue or Super Bowl brunch, it’s acceptable to set your table with attractive paper plates. It’s also okay to use paper napkins when you’re hosting a casual get-together.

Table Settings for Formal Sit-Down Dinners

When you serve a formal sit-down dinner, you may wish to prepare a more elaborate table setting. At a formal dinner, individual servings of food are typical, so you can start off with filled salad plates on the table.

Place cards can be a helpful addition to your table setting, as they guide your guests in knowing where to seat themselves at the table. An appealing centerpiece is also an essential inclusion in your setting. The centerpiece can include flowers, candles, greenery or other creative design elements.

You have multiple choices for appropriate napkins to use at formal dinners. Many hostesses choose to use cloth dinner napkins placed in napkin rings. If you enjoy DIY projects, you can click here to check out bunches of different tutorials and instructions for making your own fancy napkin rings. Personalized, custom-printed paper napkins are another option that works well for corporate banquets, anniversary dinners, wedding receptions and similar events. You can go to this website to learn more about your options for personalized dinner napkins.

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences in table settings for formal sit-down dinners and informal gatherings, you’re much better equipped to host your next get-together. We hope these table setting tips and ideas will be helpful to you when you’re planning your next party.


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