Often laying the table seems complicated, what with all the glasses and forks and whatnot, but it’s really quite simple.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Stress Free Dinner Parties, advises “Start with the big things, and squeeze the little ones in the spaces, and you’re three quarters done.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for laying the table.
- Start with the tablecloth: Ideally ironed flat, or with a crease down the middle.
- Layout the big things: Like platters, if you’re using them, the centrepiece and candles along with the table decorations and condiments.
- Add the covers: Now’s the time for placemats, cutlery, glasses and napkins.
- Outside in: All the cutlery and glasses are placed so that as you eat, you work your way from the outside in.
- Remember you don’t need the speciality items: Much you migh love oysters and fish, you don’t need an oyster fork or fish knife, you can can get by with ordinary knives and forks.
Laying the table isn’t as difficult as it sometimes seems, with Blaelock’s tips, you can make it quicker and easier, and spend more time enjoying your party.
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