I was perusing a blog I love, Waiting on Martha, when I stumbled across one of the recent posts on place settings!
How topical! Two weeks ago I had the great joy in attending an etiquette dinner at the Officer’s mess on base, hosted by the Valcartier Spouses Group. Spring is the season of balls here in the military, and Valcartier’s Vandoos host one every spring. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to attend any of the balls because my hubby is gone on EX, and a gunner, but that’s beside the point.
The point here, is that it’s never too late to learn how to set a table, or read one! If someone took the time to set a formal, or informal table, you should take the time to read it properly, or look gauche! (there, I said it).
It’s a simple enough thing to learn how to do, and it takes about 5 mins. Instead of rehashing my etiquette lesson and the WOM post, I’ll simply link to it.
This does however give rise to a discussion of how to decorate a table, or set a stylish one. I enjoy the mix of old and new china, with splashes of colour, much like the ones WOM displays. I do love a good white china though, it lends itself so well to the presentation of food! (I love food). Below are some table settings that have piqued my interest:
A lot of these are simple designs, with well chosen flowers and centrepieces. The right accessories go quite a way to making your table look polished, but the essentials will “hold it down” until you can acquire individual salt dishes and wooden spoons.