Apartment Entertaining: How to Set the Dinner Table

Share:

Apartment Entertaining: How to Set the Dinner Table

Staff Writer · Jan 27, 2010

Chances are your apartment won’t have room for an elaborate dining set, so you’ll need to take efficient steps to set the dinner table properly. Classic etiquette teaches that a list of items are essential on the table in proper entertaining scenarios, but this credence will most likely need to be adapted for the modern apartment dinner party. Be sure to include utensils and plates that fit the various functions of the meal while still efficiently using space.

Efficiently Place Plates and Utensils

Plate placement on your dinner table will vary based on the number of courses you’re serving. As a general framework, you’ll have a dinner plate and some starter plate, whether it be an appetizer plate, a salad dish or a soup bowl. Most dining tables don’t come with the space to spread out the different plates for each course, so you’ll have to properly stack them. Most likely you’ll have the soup or salad bowl on top, the appetizer dish below it and the dinner plate last, with the appropriate flatware corresponding to the order in which you’ll be eating the courses. If you’ll be serving dessert, this plate and corresponding utensil should not be on the table throughout the meal. It should instead be placed in front of guests after previous courses have been cleared.

Utensils will also depend on the type and number of courses offered, but follow some general rules when setting them. Forks should go to the left of the plate, and the knife and spoon to the right. The utensils on the outside should be used first. So start with the salad or appetizer fork all the way to the left and follow with the dinner fork. The knife should be just to the right of the plate, its rivets facing inward and the soup spoon should be at the outer right side.

Add the Supporting Elements

Here’s a place where you can take a bit of creative license. Look for funky ways to fold the napkin across the plates, enhancing the look with interesting patterns or colors. Depending on the beverages you’re serving, you’ll probably have a few cups per guest that you’ll want to put out. Keep a water glass to the upper right of the knife and spoon, and then place the wine or alcohol glass to the upper right of that, creating a clean diagonal line with the drink ware. If you have the room, adding a coffee setup for post-dinner drinks is an elegant touch. Place a cup and saucer in the top center of the place setting, just above the dinner plate.

Spruce up with a Few Accessories

Once all the essentials are in place, give yourself some flare by adding a few decorative elements to the table. Look for salt and pepper shakers in unique shapes, colorful water pitchers and fun, patterned serving plates. If you’re hosting a large party, place cards are a nice touch. If it’s a group of close friends that you’re hosting, play around and scribe their nicknames on the place cards. You can also add a few small vases of flowers or votive candles in glass holders.

You might also like:

As the summer heat intensifies, it’s crucial for apartment residents to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and comfort. Here are some essential tips to help you stay cool and safe during the hot summer months. 1. Keep Your Apartment Cool 2. Stay Hydrated and Sun Protected 3. Protect Against Heat-Related Illnesses 4. Prepare […]

Jessica Lee

 · May 30, 2024

|
image

On ApartmentRatings, real renters have the ability to rate and review their apartment communities based on their experience touring and or living in the communities. ApartmentRatings offers renters the ability to see what life is like at a community through a report card grade style format called epIQ. Every month we highlight apartment communities whose […]

Jessica Lee

 · May 28, 2024

|
image

On ApartmentRatings, real renters have the ability to rate and review their apartment communities based on their experience touring and or living in the communities. ApartmentRatings offers renters the ability to see what life is like at a community through a report card grade style format called epIQ. Every month we highlight apartment communities whose […]

Jessica Lee

 · May 2, 2024

|
image