Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most common times of the year to invite the family over for a big holiday dinner, break out the fine china and set an elaborate table spread. Did you know that there are specific places for setting the food you’ve decided to serve and the dishes you’re using for the meal, though? These 20 blogs will not only help you figure out where the salad forks and soup spoons go, but will also help you dress the table from start to finish.
You want to start any table setting by covering the table with something, whether it’s a burlap fabric remnant from the fabric store or a pretty tablecloth that you own. Next, layer that with a pop of color or more texture by adding a table runner or place mats, followed by the dishes. Lastly, create an interesting centerpiece that reflects the season.
- Simon Doonan Shows Us How to Set the Perfect Holiday Table, Teaches Us New Words Like ‘Ningle Nangles’ Watch this entertaining video to see how to layer items on your holiday table.
- The Perfect Holiday Setting—Your Tantalizing Table Never put a single big item in the middle of the table. Instead, you should always layer things around it.
- Six Tips for a Fabulous Fall Table To really bring the table together, start with an inexpensive piece of material to cover the table and then layer on natural elements.
- Decorating Your Table for the Holidays Layering table cloths, placemats, chargers and plates that fall into the same color scheme will help make your table look cohesive for the holidays.
- Setting the Table for the Perfect Holiday Party When creating an interesting table for a holiday gathering it’s important to layer different textures to create visual interest.
Sometimes it can be confusing trying to figure out which side of the plate the water glass should go on, the order the forks need to be in and where you should place the bread plate. Reading these five blogs will answer all of those questions and more. And even if you don’t want to set the table with multiple pieces of flatware, you’ll still find ideas on dressing up your place settings.
- Thanksgiving Table Setting and Centerpieces Check out the diagrams in this blog post for setting your table and arranging a buffet table.
- Ideas to Set the Perfect Holiday Table There are several different ideas for place settings in this post, so you can decide how formal or whimsical you want to be with your table.
- Create the Perfect Holiday Place Settings Learn which plate or dish a specific food item should be served on and what utensil you should set the table with.
- In Town “Setting the Perfect Table” Photo Shoot Read about how to properly set a table so that you can get the knives and forks in the right place for your next dinner.
- Rules of Setting a Perfect Holiday Table To dress up your place setting, use chargers under your dinner plates.
Cloth napkins elevate an ordinary meal to fancy dinner status, and these five blog posts explain how to fold a cloth napkin for your perfect holiday dinner. If you run out of time and don’t get your napkins folded, just add a pretty napkin ring and you are all set.
- How to Fold a Napkin for a Special Occasion Try folding your napkins according to the instructions on this post.
- Napkin Folding Making a Rose Live Creatively Inspired A simple, elegant way to present a napkin at a formal table is shown on this blog.
- The Art of Napkin Folding Try this impressive fan fold with your napkins for your next dinner party.
- Napkin Folding Take a look at this elegant ‘bird of paradise’ napkin fold that the blogger insists is simple to do.
- Napkin Folding 101 Watch this video to learn how to fold your napkin into what’s called a ‘bishop’s hat.’
You can make centerpieces out of branches found in your yard or order flowers from a florist, depending how fancy you get with your centerpiece. If you do order flowers, make sure that you don’t get flowers that are very fragrant because they can distract from the smell of the food. It’s also important to either keep the centerpieces low so that you can see over them, or very high so that you can see under or around them. These five blogs will give you some centerpiece examples to get you started.
- Set the Perfect Holiday Table… Make sure that your candles and centerpieces are unscented so that you don’t have any fragrances fighting with the aromas of the food.
- Set the Perfect Holiday Table: 7 Tips to Set a Stunning Holiday Table Take the size of your table into consideration when you are picking the centerpiece, and avoid making it too big.
- How to Set the Perfect Thanksgiving Table Have the kids help you with the centerpiece by filling some vases with twigs from the yard.
- The Perfect Holiday Table Setting Look around your house and use what you have to create your centerpiece. This video describes using a mirror as your starting point.
- Creating the Perfect Holiday Table Make sure when you are deciding on a centerpiece that you are conscious of the space you have, that your guests can see over it and that there will be room for the food.