Place setting usually refers to the layout of tableware for a meal at any event. Place settings are very important as they often enhance your décor. There are various styles of place settings; depending on your theme you can choose anything between an elegant and a classy to a casual and fun kind of a setting. You can go overboard with stylish under plates and designer cutlery or keep it minimalistic with just the basic tableware. Here are some tips on how to go about planning the place setting for your wedding or reception.
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The first step would be to select your flatware. The flatware should be in sync with your theme. Hence while selecting the flatware you need to keep in mind the colour palette of your overall décor – the flowers, linen and fabrics. Next step would be to decide which pieces of flatware you require. This will depend on the number of courses on your menu. The items would be laid out in the order of use. Like for example, if you have a four course menu, the cutlery for the first course will be laid on the extreme outer end while the cutlery for the last course will be placed on the inside. This placement makes it easier for the guest to use as well as the service staff to clear the table.
Choose a table keeping in mind all the elements which will be placed on the table apart from the crockery. The table must be spacious enough to accommodate all the necessary cutlery and crockery, the centerpieces and other smaller elements and must not let the guests feel cramped. Once you choose the table you need to figure out how many people you can comfortably seat on that table. Once this is finalized, you can start laying the table. While laying out the tableware you have to imagine yourself sitting on the table. The plate must be place in the centre of the chair and the side plate would be on the left of the main plate. Next step would be, placing the cutlery. A basic rule of thumb which you can keep in mind while placing the cutlery would be, placing all the items you use with your right hand on the right and the ones you use with your left hand on the left. So your knives and your spoons will all be on the right of the cover while your forks would be on the left. In case of a fork and spoon, the spoon will be on the right and the fork on the left.
The water goblet is placed on the tip of the dinner knife on the right hand side. In case you have wine glass you can place it at a forty five degree angle from the water goblet. In case you have more than one wine glass you can place them in a triangle with the water goblet placed closest to the dinner plate. If you are serving champagne too, you can place the champagne flute slightly above to the right of the wine glasses. Napkins are folded and placed on top of the dinner plates. The dessert spoon and fork can be placed parallel above the dinner plate in a horizontal direction with the fork facing the right and the spoon facing the left. The coffee cup can either be placed above to the right of the dinner plate with the glasses. If you feel this will cramp the table too much you can bring out the coffee cup and the dessert cutlery after the main course instead of laying it on the table.
Just a tip; make sure you do a mock set-up before the event to get the exact feel. This will also give you an idea on whether you need to change anything. You can choose to spice up the look by adding elements like menus, photo frames and place cards on the table.