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Table Appointments: Table Linens
Transcript of Table Appointments: Table Linens
TYPES OF LINEN FOR TABLE SETTING
This is a material used to cover the entire surface of the table plus an overhang of about 10-15 inches from the table edge for sit down dinners and floor length overhang for buffet service table.
The term linen includes all table coverings and napkins of all types, regardless of material used. A well-dressed table setting depends upon the types of covering used for the table. The color, design, and material create the mood for the table setting.
This is a heavy pad of material placed underneath the tablecloth mainly used to minimize the noise while serving. The size and shape of the cloth is the same as the table to be covered. No overhang is needed.
This is a long narrow strip of cloth placed on bare tables. It may be placed either crosswise or lengthwise along the table. This is used when the tabletop is beautiful.
The common sizes range from 18-24 inches long. It may also come in a variety of shapes from oval, round, rectangular, or square.
This is a lining piece of cloth used to hide the table legs to make the table more presentable. This is usually tacked from the edge of the table with the use of Velcro, pins or tacks. This may be placed with a variety of designs from pleats to ribbons, or a combination of all these.
a. Dinner Napkin. Size ranges from 18-24 inches square.
b. Luncheon or Breakfast Napkin. Size is from 9-12 inches square.
c. Tea Napkin. Size ranges from 6-9 inches square.
d. Cocktail Napkin. Size is between 4-6 inches square.
This is a cloth used by individual diners and it comes in different sizes, colors, and materials.
Factors in Selection of Linens
This is a small piece of cloth placed on top of the larger table cloth. The size is usually half the size of the regular tablecloth. This is used to minimize laundering the larger tablecloth.
Various types of fabrics are used for linens. Traditionally, tablecloths are made of white damask cloth. Woven fabrics have also been used specifically for runners. Flannel is the material used for silence cloths. Some native materials can also be used, like pina, abaca and banana fiber.
Materials used for placemats may be cloth, plastic, ramie and with the most restaurants today, paper is mostly utilized.
Ironing is not really a priority when it comes to linen items, unless they’re really crushed. Still, if you prefer ironing, it would be a good idea to iron while the fabric is still damp. Otherwise, iron with steam at medium-to-hot. While white linen is best ironed on both sides, it is bets to iron dark linen on the wrong side only.
3. Color and design
2. Type of material
7. Type of table appointments and setting
Feel free to machine dry your linen clothes or textile if you have one – use cool temperatures and remove when still slightly damp as over drying can make linen stiff and crackly. When removed from the dryer linen items can be hanged on a hanger or lied flat to become completely dry.
When it comes to washing, linen is almost always better off with a hand or machine wash than a dry cleaning. Actually, with each washing, linen becomes softer and more absorbent. It is best to wash linen products in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Gentle washing machine cycle and mild soaps are best for linen.
Store your linens in a cool dry place; avoid plastic bags, cardboard boxes and cedar chests.
So, as you can see, linen items are machine washable, machine dryable and does not require any ironing if hanged or laid flat when still damp
Care and Maintenance of Linens