I can remember being a small girl and my Mama showing me how to properly set a table. When I was younger, it wasn’t always appreciated. As I’ve gotten older, become involved in the foodservice industry and hosted party guests of my own, I appreciate the tips and knowledge!

Not everyone has had that experience though. Especially not in today’s busy times, with today’s busy lifestyles! People are constantly moving, trying to do so much in a short amount of time. Because we understand you’re busy, we put together this helpful and concise guide to properly setting your table for the holidays. We’ll cover the bare minimum basics and the most formal table settings appropriate for your holiday gathering.

These tips, however, are not just for our residential chefs and cooks that follow us. If you’re a restaurant or catering service about to host a party, there are tips in here that might be helpful for you too. We know, you’ve hosted enough parties your experts by now so if you have any tips for us or that you think we should add to this blog, please let us know in the comments below! We’re more than happy to learn and, of course, feature your helpful knowledge in our posts.

The Basics

To start, so none of us get too overwhelmed, we’ll begin with the most simple and basic table settings.

Once these seven steps are put into practice, you should get something that looks like this:

Formal Settings

Now that we’ve covered basic or casual table settings, let’s move on to formal.

Combine the two – basic and formal- table settings to create something more casual, but still festive. How you do this will depend on the type of food you are serving and the needs of your meal. For example, you may be serving a white wine, but not white and red. In this case, you would only need a single wine glass. Or you may be serving soup, but not salad, etc. Base casual dinner settings on the needs of your meal, combining a basic and formal table setting for something perfect for your gathering.

Please note that for formal settings, the charger should be replaced with a dinner plate when the main course is served. Don’t make guests eat of out of the chargers!

If you have any questions, please let us know. Or, if you’re ready to purchase your own dinnerware, shop our store at Dinnerware and Glassware. We’ve got great deals for buying dishes in bulk and shipping is free!


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