When it comes to hosting a party, proper decoration of the table, is as important as selecting the menu. In fact, the table is the focus of any occasion, so to make the party and the food enjoyable, setting the table perfectly is very important. Be it a casual buffet or a formal dinner, the table should be set in a proper manner. There is no doubt that in an informal meal, the food menu is usually simple, thus requiring less serving pieces or cutlery. This is not the case in a formal dinner or a banquet, the table should be set with necessary serving pieces and look elegant. Here are some easy table decoration ideas and setting tips.
Simple Table Decorations
There are certain table-setting etiquette that can be followed depending upon the occasion. You can plan and decide the things you wish to use on the table. Think of the items like dishes, glassware, porcelain, silverware, and napkins that will match the flowers, floral containers and candle holders. In case you are planning a buffet meal, then you can collect platters and serving pieces depending upon the food menu.
The next tip is to select proper centerpieces and extraneous objects for the table. You can give a personal touch by using floral centerpiece, fruit arrangements, architectural ornaments and other porcelain figurines. For creating a distinctive centerpiece, take a large glass bowl, fill with clear water and allow candles to float in the bowl. Add more style by adding colored floral marbles at the bottom of the bowl. Though these accessories make the table look elegant, do not overload the table with too many objects. The table will look crowded and there may not be sufficient place for the food, cutlery and other serving pieces.
If the table is in a very good condition, then you can think of decorating it without a tablecloth. Otherwise cover the table; you can use a patterned shawl instead of using the traditional white linen tablecloth. For a formal evening, white linen is always the best option. Drape the patterned shawl at an angle in order to create a design. For casual party, a green or blue place-mat will add color and texture to the table. Based on the tablecloth, you can choose the napkins, be it cloth or paper napkins.
Simple Table Decoration Ideas
On the day of the party, you can arrange the tablecloth, centerpieces and other decorative items as per your plan. While setting the table, the basic rule is to arrange the silverware as per the order of use. In simpler terms, start placing the silverware from outside the place setting.
Arranging Cutlery: General Rules
As a general rule, forks are placed to the left of the service plate and knives and spoons to the right side. Dessert cutlery is always placed at the top of the place setting. Napkin placement depends on your preference, you can either place the folded paper napkins in water glasses (for common use) or place a folded paper napkin on the serving plate. This way, you can decorate the table in a simple and easy way. A well-decorated table can do wonders and turn an ordinary meal into a feast.