The holidays are fast approaching and we thought you might enjoy some inspiration on how to set a pretty table this season whether it be an intimate dinner for two or a large gathering of 20.
Incorporate gorgeous foliage - whether it be from your back-yard, your local nursery or farmer's market you're sure to fine some seasonal sprigs, gourds or flowers to compliment your holiday table.
Take your cue from traditional fall colours or use some of the "not so traditional" colours that are becoming more popular...various shades of creamy white pumpkins, pale green gourds, dark purple clusters of the elderberry or soft grey linens emulating a stormy fall sky.
Mix your metals...copper, brass, and silver can all work well together. No matching glassware...even better. Incorporate varied textured glasses along with wood serving pieces or metal trivets to add texture and patina.
Your table can be as simple as you want it to be...remember, sometimes less is more!
And as a quick refresher here is a check list on how to set the perfect table setting -
- Set the silverware on the table in the order it will be used, from the outside in. The fork for the first course is the one farthest to the left; to the right of the plate, the knife for the first course is the farthest to the right.
- The bread-and-butter plate and butter knife sit above the fork.
- Any spoons needed before dessert (say, a soup spoon), should be placed to the right of the knife.
- Dessert utensils should always be placed horizontally above the plate.
- Knife blades always face the plate.
- The napkin goes to the left of the fork, or on the plate.
- If you are serving water then the water glass belongs to the right of the plate, just above the knife. The wineglass should be set to the right of the water glass.