Liberate your friends and family from the confines of one-and-done table settings, and take your rightful place among the entertaining elite. With our Place-Setting Survival Guide, you’ll be equipped with all the knowledge you need to craft the perfect tablescape, from formal dinners to pizza nights.
Setting the Stage
Whether you’re preparing for Mother’s Day brunch or Thanksgiving dinner, a versatile set of tableware is your best bet for seamlessly transitioning from one occasion to the next. A handful of neutral anchor pieces such as chargers, bowls, and centerpieces maintain a consistent look from season to season.
For formal meals, add in fancy flatware and crisp linens to dress up the table. To set a more casual scene, go with just the basics: dishes, silverware, and napkins.
Take it Outside
You can follow the same rules to create outdoor tablescapes, too. A sophisticated tabletop isn’t limited to fine china in a formal dining room; you can create an equally elegant al fresco setting with outdoor-rated materials like melamine.
Now that you’ve been armed with an arsenal of table-setting knowledge, it’s time to get out there and start dazzling your dinner guests. Good luck, and bon appétit! *Italian chef fingertip kiss*