Have you ever marvelled at the details of a table setting when attending a dinner? Many of us have, without realising that the way a table is set plays an important role in creating an inviting ambience.
Here’s a few tips to creating the perfect Raya ambience through your table setting.
1. Pick the Right Blooms
Choose flowers depending on the look you’re going for and the type of table you have. For example, bright colours will create a vibrant, playful mood while white blooms add sophistication and class. If you have rectangular tables, use multiple bouquets; but for a round or square table, a single vase is perfect.
2. Make Space
Ensure your guests are not too cramped and that they have enough space to eat with ease. To do this, leave at least 50 to 60cm of space between each plate.
3. Follow the Rules
Dinner plates should be positioned at the center of a place mat, with cutlery on either side. In general, forks go to the left of the plate and knives and spoons go to the right. The knife blade should always face toward the plate. If soup is served, set the bowl on top of the plate and add a soup spoon to the right.
Water glasses should be placed directly above the knives while napkins can be placed under the forks or on the plate. Cups and saucers should go above the spoons with the handle toward the right.
4. Reflect Light
To create a luxurious and elegant setting, include light-reflecting tableware. Use glass or crystal water goblets and bring out your best silverware!
5. Go the Extra Mile
Impress guests by adding something special to the table. This could be anything from a simple DIY menu to a personalised mini-gift or a special note for each guest.
6. The Finishing Touch
Be prepared by filling water glasses before guests arrive – leave a pitcher on the table for refills. This will give you more time to interact with guests instead of often heading to the kitchen.