How to set a dining table


Taking time to set your dining table properly adds a sense of occasion to any dinner party or dining event, and will be much appreciated by your guests. After all, you’ve decided on your menu, you’ve gathered all the ingredients, and you’ve done the cooking – there’s no reason to tarnish the meal at the last step with a sub-par presentation (or worse, having everyone eat on sofas in front of the TV).

Why is setting a table so important?

  • A properly set table makes dining easier and more enjoyable, which in turn is said to help digest food better.
  • Being served in attractive surroundings makes the meal look more beautiful and appetising, ensuring more gets eaten – and resulting in more praise for you, the host.
  • It makes guests comfortable and lets them know that you think they’re important enough to put in the extra effort for.
  • A good table setting enhances food as a social experience and helps everyone put on their best manners (this becomes doubly important when you consider the average dinner party involves sharing each other’s company at the table for as long as one hour and 40 minutes, according to research).

How do you set the perfect table?

1. First of all, make sure you have enough plates for all the courses you’ll be serving. Simple yet sophisticated white china, such as our Sorano dinnerware set, is a dining essential – it’s extremely versatile, being both elegant enough for a dinner party and robust enough for everyday use.

2. Each place setting should have a tumbler for water, a glass for wine, and if there’s cause for celebration, a champagne flute.

3. Even everyday flatware looks smarter when laid out correctly, but ensure you replenish the available selection after each course.

4. Neatly position a crisp white napkin upon a side plate or soup bowl, and embellish with a tassel or tie as a final flourish.

5. A cluster of glass decanters in different sizes makes for a wonderful table display, while also allowing guests to refill their glasses as and when they choose.

6. Achieve a magical evening ambience by pairing glass hurricane lamps with pillar candles.

7. Create a show-stopping centrepiece with a decadent arrangement of beautiful (and very realistic) faux flowers.

8. Finally, add personality to your table setting with a few finishing touches. A small favour at each place setting will be well received, while the addition of throws and pillows will allow guests to sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening.