How to Set a Formal Dining Table for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and odds are you’re beginning to think about hosting your friends and family around your dining room table to celebrate.

Whether you’re host your family’s annual Thanksgiving feast or are looking to have a few friends over to your apartment for dinner for the first time, giving your dining room table some extra attention for the occasion is a simple way to wow your guests. At FFO Home, you’ll find great dining room tables and complete dining sets for the lowest price in town guaranteed and with this helpful how to guide for setting your new table, you’ll be sure to be ready to host your loved ones this holiday season!

 

How to Set a Formal Dining Table

Hosting a formal dinner party can seem daunting but a few simple touches can take a casual table set to a formal one without any hassle and having a beautiful hardwood dining room set is a great place to start! From there, you just need a little bit of a love and a few home accents to make your formal dining table shine this special season! 

1. Begin by laying a crisp and clean tablecloth down. If you are unsure what type of tablecloth to choose, go with a classic white linen cloth and you can’t go wrong!

2. Lay down your dinner plate in the middle of the setting. If you want to go for the most traditional setting, place a charger plate (a larger, purely decorative plate) beneath the dinner plate for added detail.

3. Place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate and the bread plate above and to the left of the dinner plate. The butter knife can be placed horizontally across the bread plate.

4. Next, lay the dinner fork to the left of the plate and the salad fork to the left of the dinner fork.

5. Place the knife to the right of the dinner plate and the spoon to the right of the knife. Lay the dessert spoon horizontally above the dinner plate.

6. All of the glasses should be placed in the upper righthand corner of the setting. Place the white wineglass diagonally in front of the red wineglass and then place the water glass next to the white wine glass. The water glass will be the closest to the diner as they likely will drink more water than wine!

7. Add a napkin folded elegantly or set in place with your favorite napkin ring on top of the main plate setting and a place card above the dessert spoon. As a tip, write the guest’s name on both sides of the card so folks can find their place from anywhere in the room!

8. Finally, add a centerpiece to tie the design of the tablescape all together. A classic design can include a simple table runner and candlesticks but don’t be afraid of playing with different elements like flower vases, various candles, and in-theme with the holidays, garland and sprigs of holly!

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