I was so happy to receive a review copy of this petite, pretty book called How to Set A Table. I don’t get to have sit down dinner parties with full place settings much anymore, but once-upon-a-time I loved having nice, grown-up dinner parties. I used to set up a table with real candles, schnapps glasses for toasting, linens napkins and the whole kit and kaboodle. Now that my kids are getting a bit bigger, maybe we can start to have some family-style sit down dinners with real place settings and linens
and try to teach some true manners to these little minions and show the kids a nice dinner with style at home!
Personally, I was excited for a basic table etiquette review when I received this book and I was hoping for some modern, situational entertaining suggestions also. Well, I was not disappointed and I was very happy to find many useful recommendations for how to host guests for all sorts of occasions. For example, there are suggestions for how to considerately prep for a picnic in the park, date night, movie night, seasonal suggestions for seated dinner parties and much more. I also really enjoyed the suggestions and the detailed illustrations for attractive ways to fold linen napkins.
This tiny book also has an illustrated guide that identifies many pieces of dinnerware, flatware, glasses and types of table linens. It also explains how to use them properly which I found very useful for dinnerware like soup tureens, gravy boats and highball glasses that don’t get taken down from the cabinets on a regular basis anymore in my house.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the basics of classic table etiquette and wants to learn, this book is a wonderful guide to you started. It’s a small book so it won’t take up much room on the bookshelf and it would make a perfect stocking stuffer or small gift for Christmas!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for my review.