Casual Sunday Dinner {A Year of Tablescapes}

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!



11 thoughts on “Casual Sunday Dinner {A Year of Tablescapes}

  1. Love those chargers, and totally agree with providing all the utensils! As both a pastor’s wife who has done a lot of entertaining, and a grandma of 10, I would suggest keeping your eye out for a few cute plastic plates and cups to have on hand for small children. A ten-year old is no problem, but for preschoolers, there is nothing worse than parents being worried their young child is going to break or damage your lovely grown-up plates and glasses! And the kids are usually thrilled to have something “special.”


  2. I love your color combination and that you thought to check if the child would like a different cup. It’s always scary when the only cup options are glasses for kids. I usually pack cups with lids for my kids because they’re little and I’d hate for them to make a huge mess at someone else’s house.


  3. I love the idea of the monthly series! I love changing up the table settings! Can’t wait to see what you share! And,YES, we need every piece of utensil on the table! =)


  4. Excited for your table series! You always have fun ideas! 🙂 I like fabric napkins, but we use more paper ones around here, as my extended family isn’t terribly “fancy.”


    1. I know linen napkins can be intimidating if you’re used to paper, but I just use them because I find them more functional. I hate how paper napkins get wet and even stick to your fingers so quickly. Maybe I’m just a messy eater, but I much prefer linen and that’s all we use! Well, Paul uses a dish towel most times. Ha!


      1. I’m with you on disliking the sticking to the paper! LOL about Paul and the dish towel. That works, too! 🙂 I got frustrated the year I pulled out the fabric napkins for guests because my uncle gave me a hard time about using them. He arrived to our house early for dinner and saw me ironing them. He asked why we were using them, and I felt a bit annoyed. Since then, it’s been paper when guests are over. 😉


  5. So many great tips here! I would have to agree that setting it with the fork, spoon and knife is what I prefer! I love those gold chargers that you used, I’ve been wanting to get some in that color.



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