There are lots of reasons to set a table whether it's an average weeknight supper or festive holiday feast to date-night dining. At Colonial House of Flowers we see the table as a canvas -- for everybody -- from the bakers to the decorators to children and adults to the flower makers! It's true you are going to need to set your table to make it as fun and easy as it could possibly be.
Table setting may seem like a bygone art but in fact, it's not. My daughter, Beatrice, just got a refresher in the 9th Grade Cotillion right here in Roswell this past week. And maybe it's the pandemic and all, but everywhere from Anthropologie to House Beautiful is talking about the table. It's quite simple once you know a few basics. I love it!
I am delighted to present this little tip list and 'how to' for setting the table with a unique Colonial House of Flowers touch.
Arranging a Table Setting
Setting a Casual Table
2. Put out the silverware next using the forks to the left of the dinner plate, and knives and spoons to the right. The secret to the flatware is remembering that it is placed as it will be used. The dessert utensils are at the top of the plate when included.
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3. Next up: the glasses! The water glass is at the top right of each table setting with the wine glass to the right of it. According to Anthropologie's Table Setting With A Modern Twist, "If guests have enjoyed a sip before dinner, the cocktail glass goes to the right of the entire place setting."
4. Finally put the greens on! Fill the center of the table with candles, lanterns, a small vase of flowers or greenery laid as a garland.
Setting a Formal Table
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1. Upon deciding on the dishes then you can choose a matching tablecloth for the table and other linens.
2. Placemats are optional. If they're being used then they go down first to be topped with a centered charger, dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl (in that order).
3. Napkins are next, my friends. Although a folded napkin to the right of the place setting is classic you can use napkin rings or place the napkin atop the dishes for an elevated and creative touch.
4. Just like with a casual setting, the silverware is laid in the order it will be used from the outside in. The knives and spoons are to the right of the plate and the forks are on the left. Additional utensils that may be used like the soup spoon, goes farthest to the right. A steak knife goes next to the plate. A desert utensil goes to the top of the plate.
And, so you know when it comes to centerpieces, there are a few dos and don’ts. Do light candles. I believe the twinkle sets the mood and invites warm conversation. Also, DO use greenery to add a refreshing sense of time and place to your table. But, I beg you to not overcrowd your table with too many things. It's okay to add fruit and branches or what you desire but make sure it's not too bunched up that you block the view or the guest's reach for the wine.
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