Learn the proper way to set a table
Plates, glasses, cutlery, table decorations and napkins are all important when you set a table.
With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, many are starting to take stock of their dishes and cutlery, table decorations and napkins looking to see if they have the proper items to set a table.
Others are asking themselves, what is the proper way to set a table?
Learning how to set a table isn't difficult. Anyone can learn the proper way to set a table for the holidays, regardless of the size of the impending gathering.
There are basic items every table needs: plates, cutlery, napkins, serving dishes and glasses. Other items that can compliment a place setting include place mats, soup bowls and centerpieces.
When looking to set a table, start with the plates. Many look at Thanksgiving as a time for bringing out their best dinnerware. However, that isn't always practical for big family gatherings. That's why hosts of big gatherings are increasingly turning to the convenience of disposable dinnerware.
Several companies now produce plastic plates that look right at home on all but the most formal dinner tables.
Another item that's a must when you set the table is dinner cutlery. Again, many people will pull out the good silverware for a special occasion. After all, that's what it's there for. But what if there are more guests than there are knives and forks? Try the WNA Comet silver plasticware set of cutlery. Table guests will barely tell the difference between the real silverware and the plastic ones.
And when the holidays come around, there never seems to be enough paper towels or napkins. Thanksgiving was a time for enjoying the fruits of the earth, so when choosing napkins why not go with a green product? For example try a package of 500 Seventh Generation 100 percent recycled napkins.
When looking at the proper way to set a table, don't forget the glasses. Like with the dinner ware, this is the perfect time to use the good glassware. When it's time to set a table, two kinds of glasses are used most frequently – water glasses and wine glasses. Again, if the gathering is large, there is nothing wrong with purchasing plastic disposables. Many of the new versions of plastic wine glasses and cups are nice enough to sit on any table.
So don't be afraid to host a big gathering for Thanksgiving and the remainder of the holiday season. When considering the dinner table, steer away from trying to determine the proper way to set a table. Be willing to adapt your Thanksgiving table to the needs of your dinner party. Nowadays that could include plastic plates and cutlery. Table manners and good company are the most important factors in creating a memorable Thanksgiving.
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