Setting a proper table for a large number of people used to be standard practice in the glory days of the past, but in our hectic world today, people don’t dine together or host luncheons as much as they used to, so this beautiful art is on its way to extinction, a lot of people don't know how to set a table for a casual or formal dinner with guests.
On the other hand, some people prepare for hosting an event by shopping for new fancy china and crystal glasses, but the truth is, all the fancy decor and expensive items can’t make a messy table elegant. You need to learn how to place everything in the right position to achieve the result you want.
If you want to set basic tables for your family to eat together more often, or have an upcoming gathering and are not sure how to set a table properly we are here to help.
Here are detailed instructions on setting a table properly for all gatherings, whether it be a casual family lunch, a gathering for extended family, or a formal feast.
For family lunch or dinner, or a weekend breakfast, all you really need is a basic table setting. This includes all the essentials like a plate, a cup, and cutlery, all set in a neat and simple way. The basic table setting should include no less than a fork, knife, spoon, and a plate, napkins and glasses are preferable but not a must.
A casual table is what you set for family and close friends in small gatherings, a group of people that you know well but still want to give a warm welcome to. It’s also nice to set such a table for your family on special occasions, even if no one else is invited. A casual setting is simply a basic setting with a twist, glasses and napkins are a must here, and we can add salad plates and soup bowls if served.
Using colorful pates, placemats, and napkins adds a fun touch to casual dinners, don’t be afraid of using different colors if they complement each other.
A formal table is what you set when you want to wow your guests, for example, if you have a very special occasion and have invited people for a formal event in your house, or if you are holding a business function.
More than just setting a formal meal requires help, so you need to keep that in mind. Someone should be in charge of serving people and clearing plates between courses.
Sometimes you have a large number of guests, or a mix of adults and kids, and setting a table is not practical. For such occasions it is usually much easier to serve food buffet style for guests, so how do you do that properly?