Nowadays hosting parties is part and parcel in our life. We host parties for different purposes.
Table setting that is laying a table or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware such as eating utensils and for serving and eating.The arrangement for a single dinner is called a place setting.
The room room should be arranged for receiving and the host should see that the seating arrangement is done properly.
The etiquette to be observed by the host or the hostess begins from the setting of the table which depends upon many things like the number of people invited, the menu, the way of serving the course.etc.
One can manage guests themselves or with the help of 2 or 3 persons.It is best to limit to 8 to 10 couples for a party.If one cannot prepare everything can get few food stuff from outside also..If guests are all going to talk and enjoy themselves a small number would be ideal to make the atmosphere informal and cosy.
A large number would mean that people will form groups and chat away in corners instead of everyone joining in the fun that is going on.
Setting the table smartly and beautifully is important and quite often opens up a line of conversation and paves the way towards the success of the party.
For a basic table setting one should remember the order of plates and utensils .One can remember the word “FORK”.The order left to right.
- F for fork.
- O for plate (Shape)
- K for knives
- S for spoons.
This setting is appropriate for most occassions.
- The knife is placed to the right of the plate with the sharp edge towards the plate
- .To the right side of the knife is the spoon.
- The water glass goes above the knife.
- Napkins can be placed under the forks or on the plate for an informal setting.
If a salad is to be served the salad fork is placed to the left of the diiner fork.
Desert fork can be brought with the desert
In formal dinner setting:
- White and red wine glasses if necessary along with water glasses are positioned to the left of coffee cup.
- You can serve appetisers and beverages in the living room before sitting down.
Before serving dessert clear the table of dishes and other implements and finger bowls should be brought in for the guests to clean their fingers of stains from curry and grease.Finger bowls should be picked up and kept on the left where originally fork was placed.One should remember that finger bowl is not a hand bowl.One can then wipe off with the napkin.
The wines served to guests in the party generally are white wine, champagne with pudding.Sometimes tea or coffee is also served.
Last but not least one should not forget salt and pepper shakers too.
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