It’s the holidays, which means dropping by a friend’s open house, hosting a formal dinner, or going on a weekend visit to see family. The tips below can help you with table setting, guests and gift giving during holiday social situations.
In today’s hyper-casual world, it’s a treat to sit down to a well-set table that ensures each guest has the plates, glasses and utensils needed to enjoy the meal. It also shows that the host cares enough for the guests to put some thought into how the table is laid out.
If table setting isn’t in your repertoire, or if you worry you’ll use the wrong utensil, don’t fear. It’s pretty easy if you follow some simple guidelines.
Bonus Tip: When setting the table, you can place the salad plate on the dinner plate or to the left of the forks. It’s okay to leave the dessert plates and utensils in the kitchen to bring out after dinner.
If you’re the host, be gracious and welcoming. If you don’t have enough matching plates and silverware, offer yours to the guest and set another place with what you have. If you planned to pre-plate the meal, adjust the portions. Remember, the more you’re at ease, the more the guests will be.
If you’re the guest planning to show up with an uninvited plus one, just don’t. Be courteous and call ahead. And when you call, offer to bring an appetizer or side dish.
A gift for the host or hostess shows your appreciation for their hospitality. Wine or flowers are traditional, but why not step it up and go for something personal? A beautiful charcuterie knife set, a wine display made from a retired wine barrel or a handcrafted cheeseboard would delight any host. Check out our hostess gift guide for more ideas.
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