Alexandra – Director of Gold Cutlery Hire
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Ok, ok we admit we here at GOLD Cutlery are a little bias when it comes to Cutlery, we choose GOLD, but let’s face it – currently the love of Cutlery and its impact on a tablescape just can’t be ignored.
Let’s start from the beginning…
1. Ensure that your cutlery is good quality. This can be determined by its strength, thickness, style and most importantly weight.
2. A standard setting comprises of Entree Knife, Entree Fork, Main Knife, Main Fork and Dessert Spoon. You can add or take items depending on your menu selection.
Frankly speaking there is no ‘best’ style or pattern, it is all personal preference and what overall ‘look’ you are going for.
Matte/Brushed: offers a more contemporary look
Mirror/Polished: results in a more formal look
In saying that, ‘mixing and matching’ can also work but please, if you are having featured Cutlery make sure it follows through. By this we mean no silver teaspoons if all your other items are GOLD & visa versa = attention to detail.
3. The PERFECT table setting (back to basics):
Place your dinner plates approx. 2cm from the edge of the table, this gives you an indication of spacing.
Next, place your Main Knife (large knife) on the right hand side of the plate with the blade facing inwards, making sure the knife is beside the plate, not under the rim of the plate. Again approx. 2cm away from the edge of the table. Entree knife to follow the same guide lines and to the right of the Main Knife.
Dessert Spoon to be placed 2cm from the table edge next to the knives.
Main Fork (larger fork) left side of the dinner plate 2cm from the edge of the table. Not under the plate, but to the side. Entree Fork to follow, to the left side of the Main Fork.
Glass wear to be placed directly above the Knives.
Napkin can either be placed folded on the Fork side or get creative and use it as a table feature.
And there we have it, a basic set up for a PERFECT table setting. Now you just need to add your finishing touches to compliment your theme, these may include candles, flowers, table runners, candelabras …
4. Table setting tips:
Tip #1 – Set your table the night before
Tip #2 – Sometimes less is best
Tip #3 – Cutlery is placed in order of menu choices, beginning furthest away from the dinner plate and working your way towards the dinner plate (outside to in).
Tip #4 – Use white cotton gloves when placing cutlery to avoid fingerprint marks on cutlery
Tip #5 – Have Fun
And if all else fails we are always here to help.