Somehow Christmas is only 4 days away, and here at GB we are down to our final holiday details. The last gifts are being wrapped, the recipes are being gathered from across the family, and we’re beginning to prepare our place settings. Below you will find a stress-free table setting that will come together easily in the midst of cooking chaos as well as some general tips to appease the etiquette expert in your family 🙂
Our first piece of advice is for candles:
Candles can really dress up your table and provide additional light in the room.
If you choose to include them in your centerpiece, be sure that they are new and that they do not sit directly at eye level (guests should not be looking directly at a flame; place them lower or higher). Additionally, candles should stay lit for the duration of the time that your guests are in the dining room or at the dining table.
Our second tip is for the actual place setting:
The place setting you see above is customary for formal dining. You have your bread and butter plate to the upper-left and room for your drink on the upper-right. As far as silverware goes, it depends on how many courses you will be having and how formal your meal will be. Our table is set for a less formal dining experience, however, if you do want the full blown set up it should be as follows:
Far left of the plate – salad fork
Immediate left of the plate – dinner fork
Above the plate – dessert spoon
Immediate right of the plate – knife (blade facing the plate)
Far right of the plate – soup/dinner spoon
Our favorite part of creating this dining experience was the decorations! This is where you can be as simple or as extravagant as you would like. We opted for a simpler yet festive approach as our intent was a less formal dining table.
What we did:
Mixed high and low candles.
Displayed fresh cranberries as our centerpiece (you can place these in any holder/container/vase of your choice)
Added fresh greenery for a pop of color and a lovely aroma.
What you can do:
All of the above and more! As we mentioned, this is a stress-free option to dress up your table in the midst of craziness. However, if you want to go all out the options are endless so long as you can see the other guests at your table and there’s room for your plates and drinks 😉
We hope you enjoyed our quick tips and that you have a very Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays! – The GB Girls
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