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Different Table Appointments|Setting A Dining Table
Transcript of Different Table Appointments|Setting A Dining Table
Setting a dining table is almost as important as your food. It is not as difficult as it seems. An attractive table adds to the environment of a meal. In setting a dining table, you need a "place setting" (a spot where each item is placed) for each diner.
Place setting includes the following table appointments or any items used to set a table.
dinnerware (cups, bowls, and plates)
flatware (spoon, forks, and knives)
glassware (all shapes and sizes)
place mats or table cloths (optional)
Here is a basic set of rules for table setting. This can be used either in a formal or informal setting.
Where items should be placed...
Plate, flatware, and napkin -- 1 inch from the edge of the table.
Plate -- at the center of the place setting.
Dinner fork -- at the left of the plate.
Napkin -- should be either to the left of the fork, with the fold on the left, under a fork, or on top of the plate.
Knife -- to the right of the plate with the sharp blade facing in towards the plate.
Teaspoon -- to the right of the knife.
If a soup spoon is needed, it is placed to the right side of the teaspoon.
Soup bowl -- may be placed on the dinner plate.
Drinking glass -- at the tip of the fork.
If a salad plate is used, place it just above the tip of the fork.
Cup or mug -- to the top right of the spoon.
Part-I Table Appointments
The basic foundation of your table settings, tablecloths do more than just cover and protect the tables. They have a big role in creating the right color scheme, flair, and theme to your event. Tablecloths are extremely customizable and come in a wide array of colors, sizes, shapes, and materials. Standard tablecloths are decoratively draped while fitted or stretch tablecloths cling close to the table.
Whether you want your event to be sleek and traditional or vibrant and modern, there is a tablecloth out there that is perfect for your needs.
Similar to an overlay, table runners are a great accessory to boost a formal table setting. Typically they are a long strip of fabric that “runs” through the middle of a table and across its length. They can either stop at the end of a table or hang decoratively off the ends. Not only do table runners help protect the table, but they are an easy way to incorporate patterns, accent colors, or a certain theme.
Especially for events that make use of centerpieces, like flowers or other items at wedding receptions, table runners are a great way to partition the table and highlight whatever is placed in the middle.
Often used in combination with table runners, placemats are typically square or rectangular portions of fabric used to designate individual spaces. They can be quite decorative, and are often available in a range of colors and materials.
Depending on the style you choose, placemats are very useful for creating a cohesive visual pattern across the table. For example, if you are going for a vintage look, burlap or pintuck placemats are especially popular. Alternating between two colors is fun for casual events.
In addition, not only are placemats useful for occasions that have a certain theme (such as a Thanksgiving dinner), but they also help protect the tablecloth from spills and stains.
A dining necessity, fabric napkins are also a key table linen for formal table settings. Available in nearly every type of fabric that tablecloths come in, napkins can either compliment or provide an accent color to your table setting. There are even patterned fabric napkins for those who like unique and visually impressive table settings.
Napkins can be intended for guests to wipe their hands and mouths on or for purely decorative purposes, so choose napkins based on the needs of your event. The most common is a “lunch” napkin, which is usually 20 inches square. However, there are also larger “dinner” napkins (typically 24 inches square) and “cocktail” napkins, which are often 4 to 6 inches square. To keep napkins looking neat, they should be folded decoratively or used with napkin rings.
Diameter is the measurement from edge to edge across the center of a table
• 52"x52" Square Fits Table size 28"x28" up to 40"x40" that seats 4
• 52"x70" Oblong (Rectangular) Fits Table size 28"x46" up to 40"x58" that seats 4-6
• 60"x84" Oblong (Rectangular) Fits Table size Fits Table size 36"x60" up to 48"x72" that seats 6-8
• 60"x84" Oval Fits Table size 36"x60" up to 48"x72" that seats 6-8
• 60"x102" Oblong Fits Table size 36"x78" up to 48"x90" that seats 8-10
• 60"x102" Oval Fits Table size 36"x78" up to 48"x90" that seats 8-10
• 60"x120" Oblong Fits Table size 36"x96" up to 48"x108" that seats 10-12
• 60"x144" Oblong 36"x108" up to 48"x132" that seats 10-12
• 60" Round Fits Table size 36" to 48" diameter that seats 4
• 70" Round Fits Table size 44" to 58" diameter that seats 4-6
A cloth put on a dining table to protect it and (as the name suggests) to prevent the clatter of dishes against the table. A silence cloth is usually a napped, fairly heavy fabric. Silence cloths are placed beneath tablecloths and are also called silencers. Silence Cloth is used on a dining table under the table cloth. It is a thick felt fabric that adds a soft barrier between china and silver and the wooden or glass table underneath. The term 'silence cloth' was given to the fabric as it silenced the clanging of dropped utensils. It also has the added benefit of protecting delicate china and porcelain
A placemat or table mat is a covering and/or pad designating an individual place setting, unlike the larger table cloth that covers the entire surface. Placemats are made from many different materials depending on their purpose: to protect, decorate, entertain, and/or advertise. Materials and production methods range from mass-produced and commercial, to local and traditional.
Presentation is very important when making mixed drinks, so using the proper glass is a must. It enhances the drink. There are many different kinds, sizes and shapes of glassware. If you have these glasses, you have a glass for every mixed drink and occasion.
This is the typical beer container. It has thick walls and a large handle.
Size: 10 oz to 22 oz
This glass is used for brandy or cognac. They have a short stem so you can place your middle and ring finger. This allows your hand to warm the brandy or cognac while holding it.
Size: 5 oz to 25 oz
These are tall glasses. The flute shape helps preserve the carbonation of the champagne and it also shows off the bubbles of the champagne.
Chill the glass before use.
Size: 6 oz to 10 oz
This is a tall and skinny glass. This glass was named after the popular drink Tom Collins. It is used for soft drinks, juices and many mixed drinks.
Size: 10 oz to 16 oz
It is a very small stemmed glass used to serve small amounts of liquor.
Size: 1 oz to 4 oz
This is the most common glass at bars. It is used to make many mixed drinks.
Size: 8 oz to 12 oz
This glass is shaped like a hurricane lamp. It is used for many tropical and exotic mixed drinks. It is also used for some blended drinks like a Piña Colada and a Chi-Chi.
Size: 15 oz to 23 1/2 oz
Irish Coffee Mug
This glass has a shot stem and a handle. It is used for many hot drinks.
Size: 8 oz to 10 oz
This glass is primarily used for Margaritas and Daiquiris. This glass is also known as a "Coupette Glass."
Size: 7 oz to 12 oz
This is the classic V-shaped stemmed glass for drinks without ice (chilled drinks). This glass is also known as a "Cocktail Glass." Chill the glass before use.
Size: 6 oz to 12 oz
This is a tall flute shaped glass with no stem. This glass is also used for beer.
Size: 10 oz to 16 oz
This is a large container for punches. It is used a lot for parties.
This is a small and thick glass. It is used for many shots and as a measuring tool.
Size: 1 oz to 4 oz
There are two kinds of wine glasses (Red Wine Glass and White Wine Glass). The red wine glass has a wider bowl to allow the wine to breathe. When carrying a wine glass, always hold it by the stem so you don't change the temperature of the wine.
Size: 8 oz to 10 oz