with a well-presented meal, an attractively set formal table makes guests feel
special and creates a glamorous, even romantic, ambience to any occasion. It
adds a touch of elegance that translates into unforgettable dining pleasures.
are some ideas for a delightful formal dining experience:
the mood with music (jazz, classical or any relaxing music) and soft,
dramatic lightning in the form of unscented candles.
formal sit-down meal may consist of:
- Three courses (first course, main course, and dessert)
- Four courses (first course, main course, salad served separately, and
- Five courses (first course, fish, main course, salad and dessert)
drama with table runners in classy fabrics like organza and velvet.
Placemats are fine if the number of your guests is four or less. But if you
have more than four guests or your table will be filled with dishes, use a
tablecloth instead. For a traditional formal affair, white linen is the
classic formal centerpiece is a flower arrangement which should not be
higher than 16 inches so it does not block anyone's view. Use inexpensive
flowers like mums, roses and daises or those you can pick from your own
cards add a sophisticated flair to your setting and can serve as souvenirs
for your guests. On each 5x7 inch-card, write or type the date, the
celebration, the foods and the wine/s.
a formal meal, each course is served individually, on its accompanying
dinnerware. Fill the guests' plate with food in the kitchen, like they do in
restaurants, and carry them to the table in batches. Serve the plates from
napkins is silver napkin rings add the finishing touches to an elegant table
setting. However, for semi-formal settings, the traditional white napkins
can be adorned with contemporary materials such as fresh flower garlands or
colored ribbons that match the motif and them of the party.
coffee and tea after the meal or together with dessert.
great option: put a small, inexpensive gift at each guest's place setting.