Nothing whets the appetite more on a food-centered holiday than a beautifully set table. Well, the delicious smells of cooking food whets the appetite too. But the table setting is the visual enticement. It tells us the meal to come will be fantastic, mouth-watering, and satisfying.
We’ve all seen the amazing holiday tables in magazines and online. They are truly spectacular to look at. Most of us would love to recreate these settings for our holiday meals. Purchasing the place settings, linens, and centerpiece is fairly easy to do.
The tough part is knowing how to set the table. Where do all the forks go? What order are the glasses arranged? Where to put the place card? Depending upon the complexity of your meal, setting the table can become a challenge.
Here are simple printables to help you set your table properly and easily.
Take the mystery out of creating a beautifully set table.
The Formal Table Setting
Based on this diagram, your guests are in for a long and luxurious meal! For a more casual approach, simply remove the unnecessary pieces. Not serving fish? Remove the fork and knife. Not serving soup? Eliminate the soup bowl and spoon.
Regardless of the several courses, this simple diagram will help you quickly and properly set a table for your guests. They will be impressed with the beautiful place settings and your attention to detail.
Add extra details to the table. Consider (visit my Pinterest board Table Settings for ideas):
| Place cards
| Napkin rings
| Centerpiece arrangements
| Dress the chair backs
| Small accessories such as acorns, shells, flowers, birds, or whatever suits your style
Many families like a buffet table style service. Buffets are perfect for serving oneself, keep the food off the dining table, and encouraging conversations that don’t start with “Can you pass the…?”
If the table is pushed up to a wall, simply place items closer to the accessible edge. Make everything accessible to your guests without their leaning into the food or overextending themselves to reach. In our family, the wine is always left on the main dining table for easy access.
Consider lining up two tables to care a long buffet or having two separate tables for serving food.
If you have the room, create a beverage bar. This will allow guests to pour a glass of wine, water, or other beverage before the meal.
It’s In The Details