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HOW TO SET A TABLE // SPECIAL OCCASION

Pinitproper table setting

Happy Friday! Wishing you a wonderful weekened so far. We are near the end of summer break so enjoy what’s left so you can be ready and ful of energy to get back to your daily activities. After a long vacation with my family, I’m finally only 2 days away from being back home. I had a great time but I’m starting to get homesick and I want to get back to my daily routine.

I know I haven’t been very active recently but with my kids running around, it has been a little hard to keep up. But from now on I’ll make sure to post more often. Today, I want to share with you a different post. A couple weeks ago, I hosted a special dinner  at my parents house and I thought it would be a helpful idea to share with you some of my favorite tips on how to set a formal table for any special occasion.

To start with the proper table setting it’s always important to consider some points:

  • Season of the year.
  • Wether it’s day or night event.
  • How many guests are attending.
  • If you really want to make it perfect check out the colors that are trending.
  • Always keep in mind wether the occasion is formal or informal in order to dress up your table the best way.also if you are thinking on going with a specific theme make sure that you stick with it. For example: beach theme, decorate with details according to it, like shells and ocean tones.

For this occasion, I wanted to go with a conservative yet elegant table for a formal dinner. I started by choosing the elements to decore my table, that includes, a lace tablecloth, candle stands, and one of my prettiest crockery along with silverware. I had forgotten to buy a center piece that would work as a focal point on my table. So I simply looked around the house to try and find simple details that would work to enhance the table. So it’s not necessary to buy a big and expensive arrange of flowers when you can use things that you have around your home such as candles, pearls, flower petals, etc. Don’t close the door to your imagination, be creative. But very IMPORTANT you always want to make sure that your guests can see and talk to each other so don’t choose a very tall object as the center. You might be asking yourself, “But aren’t those crystal candle stands too tall?” I wanted to have them there mostly for the first impression later on I removed them.

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Time to set up! I had 8 guests attending this dinner. I started with a basic setting, adding my own touch to it. First, I used a glass service plate, on top of that, I added a circle piece of floral embroidery to avoid the plates from moving around. Then I just added the basic main course plate. Salad and soup were both part of my menu so I added a plate for each one, if you aren’t serving salad you can use this plate for bread.

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Silverware setup. I know sometimes it can be hard to setup the silverware. Just remember to put the salad fork to the left of the fork used for the main course. If salad isn’t being served simply remove the fork. I placed my napking with a beautiful flower detail next to the forks. Then, on the right side of the plates I placed the knife along with two spoons, the big one for soup next to a teaspoon. However, there is a rule of a table setting etiquette is that spoons are always placed above the plates, left of the glasses. The only exception is if it’s only one main course and nothing else, in that case the spoon can be on the right hand side. This is for a very formal dinner. I decided to brake the rule in order to gain some space, since I wanted to place a small present to my guests above the plates.

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Last but not least, three glasses: white wine, red wine, and water. If you are not serving any of those wines just remove the unecessary glasses.

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

If you already know where you want to seat each of your guests add a pretty name tag in front of their seat. That’s it, here is the final result! In the end my dinner was a success and I received many compliments from my guests, we had a great time!

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

Pinitproper table setting

I hope these tips about how to set a formal table will be helpful to you and if you ever have any requests regarding topics that woman normally love, don’t hesitate to ask me…

Love,

Pinit
Pinit

…your best moment to shine is now!

 


 

¡Feliz viernes! Te deseo que pases un excelente fin de semana.

Ya estamos en la recta final del verano,  así que disfruta al máximo lo que falta para que regreses a tus actividades diarias cargada de energía.  Después de unas largas vacaciones con la familia, finalmente estoy a dos días de regresar a casa, pasé un verano increíble, pero ya comienzo a echar de menos mi hogar y sobretodo el volver a mi rutina diaria.

Una disculpa por no haber estado tan activa como quisiera con mi blog durante esta temporada, pero con mis hijos resulta un poco difícil o a veces casi imposible poder lograrlo. De ahora en adelante me aseguraré de postear mucho mas seguido.

El día de hoy quiero compartir un post diferente ya que hace un par de semanas fui la anfitriona de una cena especial y pensé que sería una buena idea compartir con ustedes algunos de mis tips favoritos en cómo decorar la mesa para una cena formal. Antes de  empezar a decorar tu mesa, es importante considerar algunos puntos:

  • Temporada del año en que se llevará acabo.
  • Si será un evento de día o de noche
  • El número de invitados que asistirán.
  • Si realmente quieres hacerlo perfecto investiga los colores que se encuentran en tendencia esa temporada.
  • Ten presente si será algo formal o informal
  • Si tienes algun tema en mente apegate a el, con el fin de vestir la mesa de la mejor manera, por ejemplo si es un tema de playa puedes decorar con detalles marinos o playeros como, conchas o tonos referentes al mar.

Para esta cena formal mi proposito era conservador pero elegante a la vez. Primero opte por elementos para decorar mi mesa que incluían un mantel de encaje, unos candelabros de cristal y elegí una de mis vajillas y cubiertos más lindos.

Había olvidado comprar un centro de mesa que funcionara como punto focal, así que simplemente me puse a buscar alrededor de la casa para encontrar detalles que funcionaran para realzar la mesa. Así que, no es necesario comprar un enorme y caro arreglo de flores cuando puedes utilizar elementos con los que cuentas en tu casa como por ejemplo: velas, pétalos de flores e inclusive perlas.  No cierres la puerta a tu imaginación, se creativa, pero muy importante; siempre tienes que asegurarte que tus invitados puedan verse y platicar entre sí,  así que te recomiendo no elegir centros de mesa muy altos.  Te preguntarás: ¿pero no son eso candelabros de cristal muy altos? En realidad sí, pero sólo quise tenerlos para la primera impresión, después al momento de pasar a cenar los retire de mi mesa.

Ahora si ¡A decorar! Tuve ocho invitados a mi cena.  Empecé poniendo la mesa de forma básica dando mi toque personal a esta. Primero use un plato base de cristal, encima de este una tela con bordado floral para evitar que el plato principal se moviera. Encima el plato principal y como ensalada y sopa fueron parte de mi menú, añadí platos para ambos tiempos. Si no vas a servir ensalada puedes utilizar este plato para el pan.

Acomodando cubiertos: Sé que algunas veces puede ser difícil acomodar los cubiertos, pero no es dificil en lo absoluto, solo acuérdate de poner el tenedor pequeño del lado izquierdo del tenedor que se usa para el platillo principal. Si no tienes planeado servir ensalada puedes no poner este tenedor.  Mi servilleta con un bonito detalle floral la coloque junto a los tenedores. Posteriormente al lado derecho de mis platos, el cuchillo con dos cucharas: una sopera para la sopa  y una cuchara pequeña o teaspoon.

Por último pero no menos importante las copas. En este caso fueron tres: una mas grande para vino tinto, otra para vino blanco y una tercera para agua.  Si no vas a servir alguno de estos vinos simplemente desiste de poner las copas que no necesites.

Una recomendación es que si ya sabes dónde deseas sentar a tus invitados, añadas un linda etiqueta con el nombre de cada persona enfrente de su lugar.

¡Eso es todo!, así es como quedo mi mesa. Al final mi cena fue todo un éxito y recibí muchos cumplidos por parte de mis invitados y pasamos un gran momento.

Espero que estos tips sean útiles para ti y recuerda que me encantaria escuchar tus sugerencias sobre  cualquier tema en particular para nosostras las mujeres.

Con cariño,

Pinit
Pinit

¡…tu mejor momento de brillar es hoy! 

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