Perfect Table Setting
Whether you’re setting the table for a casual meal or a formal occasion, we’re here to guide you and help you to put on a show for your guests. And it isn't just for show; getting your table setting right can make a huge difference to the enjoyment of everyone’s evening, and that applies to casual dinners as much as it does to special occasions.
It helps to shape the feeling of the occasion. The atmosphere during a romantic meal for your partner on your anniversary will be different from a casual lunch, and your tableware should reflect this. Depending on how you set your table, it can add to whatever atmosphere and feeling you’re trying to create, be it a fun one, a sophisticated one, or even a romantic one.
It lets guests know that you value them enough to put in a little extra effort. If you were trying to impress someone with your cooking, we’re sure you’d take steps like ensuring you marinate the meat to make it flavorful, instead of serving it up completely unseasoned. Likewise, taking the time to set a table up properly for guests helps them to feel valued as you’ve put that extra bit of effort into your presentation.
It influences how the meal comes across. Studies have found that people perceive well-presented food and drink as better tasting than less attractive cuisine, and your table setting also plays a part in affecting this. So, it’s a nice, straightforward way of helping your guests to enjoy their food that much more!
Now we’ve established why it’s important to set your table correctly, here’s how you can go about achieving it to leave your guests impressed every time. Let’s start with the fundamentals that a table setting involves, before going onto how you can put it all together.
Any basic table setting will include:
Other items won’t be used for every occasion but are still seen quite frequently.
If you’re preparing an informal lunch or just having some friends over, we recommend going for a balance that combines a properly laid-out table setting with a stripped-down, laid-back feel. Here’s what you’ll need to achieve that:
You may also wish to have a glass of wine or a beer with a casual meal. If this is the case for you, simply place this glass slightly above and to the right of your water glass and you’re good to go!
Certain components, such as the dish and cutlery you use, will vary depending on the meal being enjoyed, but there are a few constants that apply to any formal dinner. Here's how to get the setup you're after:
So, there you have it - your basic formal dining setup. Here are a few common variations you’re likely to come across at some point:
As well as getting your table setting spot-on, a few extra touches can help you impress your guests even more: