How to Set a Table: An Essential Guide to Silverware Placement
From designing the perfect table-scape to creating a beautiful plate, the art of entertaining relies on having an eye for every last detail — and those details can set the tone for your event. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or an elegant dinner party, knowing how to properly set a table is vital. Here, we explore everything a host needs to know about how to set a table, including understanding types of flatware to mapping out a basic table setting or a formal table setting. Credit: Invaluable.com Sources: Slate | FTD | Emily Post | The Knot Image credits: Yonder Design | Michael Radford | Kayla Barker
Silverware Placement 101
Now that you know the basics of silverware placement, explore different types of table settings below. When deciding which to implement for your event, first consider how formal the meal will be.
Basic Table Setting
Opt for a basic table setting if you are hosting a meal at home or want a laid-back, informal environment. This look is perfect for impromptu gatherings, and likely won’t require hunting down additional utensils. Everyday cutlery and plates from your kitchen should be sufficient.
Formal Table Setting
A formal table setting is best suited for a more sophisticated, elegant affair where multiple courses will be served. Here, it’s where the details matter most: take note of the length of the overhang from your table runner or tablecloth and the number of candles placed on your tablescape to ensure you’re not to overcrowding the setting.
Credit: Invaluable.com Sources: Slate | FTD | Emily Post | The Knot
Image credits: Yonder Design | Michael Radford | Kayla Barker
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