Winning Table Setting Tips
A table setting should include the following items:
• Dinnerware (plates, cups, saucers, and bowls)
• Glassware (glasses of all shapes and sizes)
• Flatware (forks, spoons, and knives)
• Placemats or tablecloths (optional)
The following rules for setting a table correspond to the numbers seen in the table setting illustration.
1. The flatware, plate, and napkin should be one inch from the edge of the table.
Tips for setting a table:
• The table should be clean; it can be left bare or a table covering can be used as the background for the food and the items may be placed on top of it. A table covering helps protect the table and muffles the noise of clanking glassware and dishes.
• Placemats or tablecloths can be used for special occasions.
• Dinnerware and flatware should be chosen as appropriate for the occasion and that compliment each other. Matching or blended colors or textures in the dishes or contrast something different make a table setting look attractive.
• Tablesetting items should be appropriate for the meal served. Snacks on paper plates are appropriate while a home-cooked dinner should be served on attractive dishes to help show it off.
• Only the utensils needed are placed on the table.
• The centerpiece should be attractive. Simple ones, such as fresh flowers, a plant, or fruit can be used. If candles are used, they should be of the length so that if they were lit, they would be above eye level.
• The centerpiece should be low enough so that the people at the table can see over it; it should be colorful and blend with the tablecloth and the dishes; and be fresh and clean looking.