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RL Entertaining: Christmas Table Settings (Part 1)

Create an impression with these nice and simple entertaining ideas


Entertaining family and friends during the holiday season may sound intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. You can create an impact with a little creativity and without spending much! Take note of these table setting basics.

How to Set a Table:
  1. Your table set up will depend on your menu. If you will not serve soup or salad, you may choose not to add a soup bowl or a salad plate. Use only what your need to avoid unnecessary clutter.
  2. Determine the type of gathering that you will host. Will it be formal or casual? The type of party that you intend to have will dictate the atmosphere and setting.
  3. Don’t wait until the last minute to check if you have everything you need. A few days before your dinner party, make an inventory of the essentials and allot time to shop for the other items that you will need.

Basic Setting Reminders

When setting up your table, keep in mind these handy hints.

  • The dinner plate is placed at the center of the place setting with everything else placed around it.
  • The flatware is arranged around the plate in order in which it will be used:
  1. To the left of the plate is the fork.
  2. To the right of the plate is knife and spoon. The knife is placed to the right of the plate with its sharp edge toward the plate. To the right of the knife is the spoon.
  3. The water glass is placed above the knife.
  4. You can place the napkins under the forks or on the plate for an informal setting.



Here’s an easy way to set up your table this Christmas:

Use what you have.

It’s time to bring out the plates that you’ve kept for special occasions. If you don’t have enough pieces, you may mix and match your dinnerware.

What you’ll need:

  • At least 2-3 sets of dinnerware, flatware, and glasses
  • Solid-colored tablecloth and/or table napkins

How to:

The good thing about mixing and matching is there are no specific rules! You are free to exercise your creativity. Just make sure that you use a common piece like a solid-colored tablecloth or matching table napkins to tie everything together. Finish it off with a simple floral arrangement that complements the colors of the patterns in your dinnerware. 

RL Tip: If you're expecting a lot of company, you could ask some of your guests to bring some of their dinnerware so you have more sets to "play around with." 

Check back tomorrow for more table setting ideas.


Table Setting Ideas

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