Dining Table Etiquette For The Perfect Dinner Party
Did you know that the position you place your dining table in within your home can have an effect on the flow and feel of the place?
If you have a dinner party coming up, you will want to read the below to help get the most out of the evening and ensure you have a great night. We’ve outlined some simple steps to ensure your dinner party is one to remember – for all the right reasons!
How to arrange your dining room table
To optimise the best feng shui in your dining room, firstly purchase the right sized table for the space, making sure it fits comfortably in the room. Tables that are oval or round often work best, but if your table is square or rectangle, balance it out with round objects, like a rug, in the space.
Put the table in the middle of the room and have it at an angle, to create a flowing space in a curving shape around the area.
Where To Seat Your Guests At The Dining table
A good host will suggest the best seating arrangement and give reasons as to why people should sit in certain places. For example, perhaps Jenny has something in common with Jane, and explain this as a reason for sitting them together. It also gives them a chance to get to know each other with a conversation starter.
The guest of honour should sit in the best position and the host should sit to their left.
When you’re seated at the table, make sure you place your serviette in your lap straight away. Set the table in such a way that the outside cutlery is used first and guests slowly make their way in as they eat through the courses. Make sure to serve everyone’s food at the same time so they can start eating without having to wait for others. And propose a toast before digging in, so people know when it’s time to begin.
Serving food in the proper way
If you are serving food at the table, it should be brought to each diner, on their left hand side. However, if you’re opting for a more casual feel, get the diners to dish up themselves.