It’s not just the food that makes an impression on guests, it is also how the table is set that can make or break you perfect holiday meal. See just a few suggestions to make sure your holiday gathering is a hit all the way around.
- Make sure flower arrangements are not too large causing people to have to strain to see each other across the table.
- Avoid serving family-style as it can be awkward and the table too small to accommodate all the dishes. Opt instead to have a buffet.
- Avoid candles that are too large or overly fragrant.
- Make sure the tablecloth fits the table. A 10 – 15 inch drop is ideal. And of course, don’t forget a pad underneath to keep spills from ruining your table.
- Avoid squeezing in random chairs making it too tight or causing some people to sit lower or higher to the table than others.
- Use place cards. Place cards help avoid the awkward “where should I sit?” feeling as well as making sure guests are seated within their “comfort zone” of other guests.
- Have a practice run. Sit at the table and check that flowers & candles are not interfering with views across the table. Make sure all seats have room to eat comfortably.
- Last, but not least – relax and enjoy the day with your family and friends.