Setting a table can be quite an intimidating task for most people. We love to marvel at the style and precision with which cutlery and tableware are placed on draped tops but cringe at the thought of having to learn what we perceive to be a difficult art-form. It’s actually quite simple.
With years of event management under its belt, Wedding and Events by Kui Ltd realizes the importance of this exercise. Table setting is not just a matter of creating visual appeal. The real advantage lies in the ease with which dining becomes when everything has been placed conveniently within reach, especially for an event like a wedding that has a couple of courses may be served.
Here are some basic instructions for a formal affair.
- First, place/table-mats have to be placed in front of the individual chairs. It would look much better if the mats are of uniform color. It’s also a good idea to have the shade complement the tablecloth and blend well with the overall theme of the event.
- The napkins follow next, and are usually laid on the left side of the place-mats. It’s easier to fold them in half. You can also place them on top of the plate.
- The plate follows suit. The perfect position to have it is smack in the middle of the place-mat, nearly touching the edge of the napkin.
- When it comes to the cutlery, the dinner and salad forks are placed on the napkin. The order actually matters with the former being close to the plate and the latter placed about a centimeter away.
- The knife is traditionally placed on the right. Ensure that the sharp edge is facing the plate and that the handle is facing the diner.
- Once the knife is in place, the teaspoon finds its way next to it. On the right.
- In the event that soup will be served, place a soup spoon on the right of the teaspoon. A dessert spoon may also be present above the plate.
- Take the wine glass and place it on the right hand corner of the place-mat. A water glass should be positioned on the left of the wine glass.
- Remember to have everything polished before display.