An impressive dinner table can get you many compliments from your guests, here are some guidelines!
When we host friends, our family or even a special person to have a formal dinner in our house, having everything fit in the proper place e or where the water glass should stay at the dinner table, are issues that can get us asking if we’re doing right.
It’s not as difficult as you might think. When you know what you’re doing, formal dinners can be quite fun. We help you with some guidelines that will make the difference. Do you already have your notebook?
Less is more. When you fill your table with so many stuff, things get confused and complicated for the guests, for our view and especially, for you. Keep utensils, glassware, and dinnerware to a minimum. Start to visualize where your guests are going to sit according to the number of guests and your table shape- round, square or rectangular. After that, choose a simple and clear tablecloth. If you’re starting at formal dinner tables, neutral colors like white, beige or gray are the best choices. Even the simplest food will look nice against the smooth background.
Plates are everything
The plates are the most crucial piece of your table. One, because they are the first impression that your guest gets as soon as they see the table. Then, and obviously, it’s “where everything happens”, it’s where the food is placed and where your guests will spend more time with. Position it right in the middle of each setting, equally spaced and with enough room for the rest of the setting. Again, you should opt for neutral and smooth design colors. or the napkins, you have two options: rolled them in elegant napkins rings on the plate left or just place them in the middle of the dinner plates.
You probably will also need other dishes, like bread plates, soup bowls, salad plates and dessert plates or bowls. Important: the 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 secret to make no mistakes is to have the same collection for all the pieces. For the napkins, you have two options: rolled them in elegant napkins rings or just place them in the middle of the dinner plates.
This is not new. The water glass should be on the right of the plate, in case you’re serving wine, the wine glass comes next to the water glass, just beyond on the tip of the fork.
As we said before, there are important dishes besides the principal plates. Dessert plates should be placed in the front of each guest. At this time, it should stay only the water glass and the coffee cup – placed in the top of the dessert plate. The dessert fork or spoon may be placed on the plate, or, when you first set the table, place it on the dinner plate pointing to the right.
A formal dinner table asks for an elegant centerpiece. You have so many options, and once that your tablecloth is neutral, have fun with different and cheeky table decorations. However, not forget: the decoration shouldn’t distract the guests from the meal. Use candles, flowers, and pitchers to match with your interior decor. Make sure it isn’t too tall, the centerpiece should be below eye level so guests can see everyone else at the table.
To create a more sophisticated environment in the dining room, lighting is very important. You should include less-bright lighting to create the right climate.There are many suspension lighting design pieces that match perfectly with your special dinner table. Dining room lighting design allows you to give touches of sophistication to tour room and at the same time, provides you the light that you need.
Remember, proper table settings do not need to include every utensil. Do not feel intimated for a more formal dinner table. Follow these guidelines and your guests will think that you born doing this!