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Dinner Table Essentials

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Dinner Table Essentials

When setting a dinner table for a specific event, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to ensure a well laid out setting with complementing décor.

Choose a Theme

This is by far the most fun and one of the most important aspects of any dinner party planning. Setting a theme for your event, whether you’re hosting a simple cocktail party, laid-back luncheon or pre-wedding dinner party, a theme helps create an undeniable ambiance that sets the mood.

Choose a theme that represents your clients’ interests. Are they avid outdoor enthusiasts? Do they prefer modern styling or are they classic contemporary at heart? Do they like off-the-wall surprises and themes or are they more conservative?


Setting the Table

First off, find a furniture hire company that caters specifically to event planners. Hiring furniture, catering equipment, crockery, cutlery and stemware from a reputable service provider makes worrying about suppliers one less thing to concern yourself with.


Whether you’re creating a formal or informal dinner setting, your selection of dinnerware is paramount. If you have a specific theme, try and match the crockery to it. For example: if you have an all-white color theme, select fine, white bone china with either a dimpled effect on the rim – found in the elegant Satinique collection of crockery – or, the Ginseng range with modern, lined textured rim. Often opting for plain whiteware is the perfect staple since you can dress it up or down with bright and beautiful, patterned or plain table linen or colored stemware.


The great thing about selecting your stemware is that you can go a bit over the top and still retain an element of sheer sophistication. Even if you’re hosting a light lunch to celebrate the promotion of an employee, your glasses needn’t be conservative. Create ample visual appeal with the Open Up range of glassware with its unique inverted curve design. You can even blend glassware types – mixing a vintage design found in the Aquitaine Crystal collection with more contemporary glassware like Vinoteque.

Serveware or Flatware

Often overlooked, your serve ware is another stylish element to your table setting. It’s important to choose pieces that’ll complement your theme and table setting. Much like dinnerware, white is a good place to start if you’re having trouble blending a theme, as you can always add accents of color with edible flowers and garnishes or other decorative elements.  Conversely, the catering equipment hire company could provide a range of canapé platters or larger colored plates to serve as charger plates or serving plates and so add the accent of color you are looking for.

Finishing Touches

Floral arrangements in glass vases, carefully selected fruits, herbs like rosemary and candles are often the quintessential finishing touches that transport the table setting from standard to spectacular.

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