Step 1. Choose your centerpiece. We chose fresh flowers. They are simple, inexpensive, and beautiful. You literally cannot go wrong with setting your table with beautiful fresh cut flowers.
Step 2. Will you have any other table features to compliment your centerpiece? In today's setting we went with two candelabras to add dimension and depth to our table setting. Flames and fire sets the mood and ambience.
Step 3: Choose a table cloth if you feel so inclined. This is not a necessity, however we chose to go with a white table cloth to protect the wood on our dining table. Which takes us to picking out the placemats. You want to choose a placemat that either compliments your table or your tablecloth. We chose to use Cabonnay paper placemats that are easily set and discarded but still dress up your table with elegance and chicness.
Step 4: Choose your dinnerware according to your meal. For example, if you will be serving soup, set the table with bowls and so on. We will be serving a main course with a salad, therefor we chose to set the table with two plates.
Step 5: Pick your stemware. The stemware goes to the right of the dinner setting. We chose to set the table with a water glass, wine glass, and champagne flute.
Cabonnay Tip: If you want to be super chic and considerate of your guests. Pre-set the table settings to accommodate left handed guests.
Step 6: You will want to set your table with napkins. It is up to you whether you want to chose paper or linen. Linen will add the additional elegance and charm to your table setting. We choose to style our water glass with the linen napkin to add flare. If you choose to set your table with the napkin, gently place the napkin under the dinnerware.
Step 7: The last and final step of setting your table for a dinner party is choosing your silverware. You will want to have two forks, a knife, and a spoon. The forks go to the left of the dinnerware. The dinner fork sits closest to the table setting. The salad fork is to the left of the dinner fork. The spoon located at the top of the setting is considered a dessert spoon. If this were a soup spoon it would sit to the right of the dinnerware on the outside of the knife.
Cabonnay Tip: When placing your silverware, an easy way to remember the placement of each piece is to place the silverware in the order in which you eat. The soup and salad come before the main course, therefore is placed on the outside.