If you're planning to host a dinner party, you know that good food and great company aren't the only things that matter. Creating an inviting atmosphere is equally important, and a well-set table can do wonders to make your guests feel welcome. So, here's a simple guide on how to set your table for a dinner party that's sure to impress your guests.
Start with Placemats or Tablecloth
The first thing you should do is choose a placemat or tablecloth that complements your dinnerware. This will help add a pop of colour or texture to the table, making it look more inviting for guests.
Add the Dinner Plate
Place the dinner plate in the centre of the placemat or tablecloth. Ensure that the plate is centred and there's enough space around it for the other elements.
Fold the Napkin
To set the table for a dinner party, you'll need to fold the napkin into a rectangle and place it on top of the dinner plate. The napkin should be folded in half lengthwise.
Place the Side Plate
Now it's time to place your side plate. Place it on top of the napkin. The side plate should be used for bread or an appetiser; if you're serving soup, use a bowl instead of a plate.
Add the Cutlery
Place the fork on the left side of the side plate, with its tines facing up. Place the knife on the right side of your dinner plate, with its blade facing towards you. It should be closest to you and directly opposite from where your other utensils are placed (i.e., if there's a spoon on your right side, then put your knife there).
Add Decorative Elements
Add Decorative Elements. Place a small vase of fresh or dried flowers in the centre of the table. Arrange a few candles around the table, or use battery-powered tea lights if you're worried about setting fire to your house.
Add your personal touch to the table. Unique centrepiece or personalised place cards.
The most important thing to remember is that the table setting should be fun for you. It's your party, so do what makes you happy! If you have a theme or colour palette in mind, incorporate it into your table settings. If not, just play around with different ideas until something clicks with you. Don't worry too much about getting everything "perfect"- your guests will appreciate the effort and care that went into making their experience memorable.