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The Art of Dressing a Table

Enjoy the ancient and sacred ritual of eating a meal together around a beautifully prepared table.

By Karen Reed


With home entertaining allowed once again and summer, blooming outside, could the necessary fuel for mental health, be holding space with our dearest. Enjoy the ancient and sacred ritual of eating a meal together around a beautifully prepared table and feel the benefits of balance and connection slowly return.

Adorn your table with rich linens, classic placemats and oversized napkins for the perfect setting with a touch of Reed elegance. Now all you need is fresh blooms, a simple meal and gentle candlelight to transport the loved ones at your table.

“While it might be a little more to clean up, using your normal tablecloth, napkins, silverware, and plates will make it feel more like a special meal.”

The Importance of Eating Together as a Family.

Eating dinner around a table allows time for our family to bond, communicate and connect. When our meals are intentional, we tend to eat healthier, slow down, step away from technology and take a moment to breathe together.

Oh, to celebrate one another around a beautifully prepared table, is surely one of lives greatest pleasures.


A Simple Table Setting Guide for a Casual Table.

Casual Table Setting Instructions

Lay the placemat on the table.
Put the dinner plate in the middle of the placemat.
Place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.
If you’re starting with a soup course, place the soup bowl on top of the salad plate.
Lay a napkin to the left of the charger.
To the left of the plate, place the fork on the napkin.
On the right of the plate, place the knife closest to the plate and then the spoon.
Directly above the knife, place the water glass.
To the right and slightly above the water glass, place the wine glass or a glass for another beverage.

Casual Table Setting Etiquette Tips:

If using individual salt and pepper shakers for each guest, place them at the top of the placemat. Otherwise, place them near the centre of the table, or, if using a long, rectangular table, place them in the middle of each end.

Mastered how to set a casual dinner table, but need a refresher on what else you should keep in mind for your casual dinner party? Here, nine awkward entertaining moments you might encounter (and how to solve them).

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