This is the first in a year-long series of posts that I’ll bring to the blog each month! I’ve done several posts showing how I set the table for holidays and special events like Mother’s Day, but I want to show you how I set the table casual events as well. Executing a pretty and well thought-out table setting is not only a skill of a good hostess, it’s a great way to show your family and friends that you care about them!
For this month’s table setting, I kept it very simple. This was for a casual Sunday dinner with a family of two adults and one child. I used every day dishes and heavy linen napkins – lasagna was on the menu, so I made sure to use things I knew would wash easily! My gold chargers anchor the place settings without being too dressy.
Since I served our meal family style, I left the middle of the table clear to make room for the serving bowls. Before we sat down, I asked my friend if her 10 year old would be comfortable drinking from the glasses I set out. I never want my guests to be stressed about things like that. She assured me she would be fine -and she was!
Here’s my tip for setting a casual table – provide all three pieces of silverware: knife, fork and spoon. There’s nothing like trying to wrangle large pieces of lettuce or runaway peas without a knife! Some people prefer to use a fork for things that I’d choose to eat with a spoon, so I like to provide all three of those utensils for the comfort of my guests. Having a casual meal doesn’t mean you should deny people the right to basic silverware. 🙂
Here’s how my table looks when it’s not set for a meal. I went with a basic linen runner, woven chargers and a beautiful bowl filled with pine cones!