Tips for Setting a Proper {Lovely} Table

Our Etiquette Week is rolling on and today we’re dishing on playing with mixed-and-matched plates and chargers. Yesterday we told you how to dress a place setting with utensils {less is more!} – paired with a lovely neutral palette a combination of charming silverware and sweet plates, a table will be utterly stunning.

1. a charger is one of those elements that is often puzzling. It’s a decorative larger “plate” that salad plates will set atop of. They are a lovely way to tie in color, textures or metallics and are typically removed post-salad course, though some like to leave them through the main course. Use your chargers to bring in a lovely color or pattern.

2. if you’re having a family-style or buffet menu welcoming guests to the table with these elements if a fantastic was to polish the table’s look. Layer the salad plate atop the main dish plate for easy use, but only have the chargers on tables {and no other plates} if you’re serving a formal plated meal.

3. welcome guests to their seats with a soup {either warm or chilled} in small tureens or set fruit and cheese or an amuse bouche on a smaller plate. These little touches will make your dining experience unique.

Bryan Miller Photo for Valley & Co. | Exquisite Weddings Magazine | Dishes: West Elm

When paired don’t these combinations look stunning? Stay tuned as we’re rolling out more elements and talking about centerpieces, flowers and other accoutrements tomorrow!

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