Dinner Parties: Protocol For Setting the Table

Any time is a good time for a party. You may be throwing a party of your own soon – possibly even for the first time!

Whether it be for the holidays, a birthday party or a simple dinner party with friends, family or coworkers.

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Photo via Pexels

As you look over your party-planning checklist, everything seems to be in order. The music, the food, the decorations are all ready to do. But here’s a party element that has tripped up more than a few hosts: how do you set the table?

Thankfully, there are a few easy rules that can help you get ready for the best dinner party possible:

Decide on the Atmosphere

Before you can go about setting your dinner table, you need to decide on the atmosphere for the event. Is this a formal party? Is it a casual get together? This detail can drastically change how you set each place at your table. At an informal party, the place settings are just that – informal. You’ll include your plate and napkin, whichever flatware is needed for the meal, and glasses for water and wine, respectively. It’s similar to a simple dinner at home.

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Photo via ajinvites

For a formal party however, you’ll need a little more razzle-dazzle at each place setting. Salad forks, dinner forks, soup spoons, bread knives, one glass each for red and white wine – and we’re just getting started! You may have to check online for the proper set up, but that’s ok! When you’re hosting a formal dinner, things are expected to be just so, and there’s no harm in studying up to ensure you are an expert host.

The Seating Chart

Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows all about the struggle of the seating chart. A great seating chart all but guarantees a great party; conversation flows nicely, everyone feels comfortable and part of the group, and the general party atmosphere is breezy and fun. So how can you achieve that seating chart harmony? With careful choices and a few key guidelines.

Try to mix and match genders as you create your seating chart. If there are children coming to the party, make sure they are seated near at least one parent. And most importantly, try and seat compatible personality types together. This is particularly important if some of your guests don’t know each other. You know who will likely get along, so make sure that those people get a chance to meet!

For many, planning a party can be lots of fun – and lots of stress. But in reality, you don’t need to worry. Parties are all about spending time with the people you love, and as long as you’re all together, everything will be great!

And of course, these simple guidelines can help you have a stress-free soiree. So study up, party on, and don’t forget to have some fun!

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Photo via tiffzippy

If you want a few more details, check out this infographic, courtesy of Brilliance.com:

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