Tabletop Arrangement: How To Set A Table

When working within the hospitality and catering industry, it’s always important to make the right impression on your guest by setting the table-top in an eye catching and chic way – after all, when your guest walks into your establishment, the table-top is the first thing they see before eating and sometimes before they’ve even had a look at the menu. From choosing the right linens, glassware and crockery, there’s a wide range of combinations you can create depending on the style of your establishment and what type of dining experience you intend to present. Whether you are setting for your hotel for events such as a wedding, a banquet or searching for a more casual & laid back style for your bar or restaurant, having the right products can be deemed useless if you don’t know how to set up your table correctly. Once you know the basics in setting a table and become an expert in what goes where, that’s when you will find it easier to add your own flare using centrepieces, coloured napkins and candles.



How to set a basic table setting:


This setting is probably the most commonly used across the restaurant industry and is seen the most in casual dining restaurants:

  1. Firstly, lay out your place mat (if you’re using one)
  2. Place the dinner plate in the centre of your table setting
  3. Next, you place the fork to the left and the knife to the right, with the spoon to the right of the knife.
  4. Place the water glass at the top right corner, above the knife.
  5. You can place the napkin either on the dinner plate in the centre, or underneath the knife!



How to set a table for formal events:


This setting requires a lot more time and cutlery and is mainly used for formal events such as weddings, banquets and high-end restaurants:


  1. Begin by laying out a crisp tablecover or tete a tete (check them out here). Then place the dinner plate in the middle of the      setting and place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.
  2. The bread plate should be placed above and to the left of the dinner and salad plate. The butter knife can be placed horizontally on the bread plate.
  3. The dinner fork goes to the left of the dinner plate and the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork.
  4. Place the knife to the right of the dinner plate and then set the spoon to the right of the knife.
  5. The dessert spoon should be placed horizontally above the dinner plate.
  6. Water and white and red wine glasses go in the upper right corner or the place setting. The water glass should be closest to the guest and the red wineglass goes just behind the white wine glass.
  7. Fold the napkin and place it on top of the salad plate.
  8. The coffee cup and saucer can be set below the glasses with the dessert course.
  9. You can also add a place card with the guests name for wedding or certain events just above the desert spoon for an extra finishing touch.


Are you searching for the right products to add that extra special touch to your table-top? We have a wide array of crockery featuring bespoke colours and glazes available online at and featured in our What’s New 2019 Volume 2 brochure available here. Have you featured our products on your table-top displays for your hotel, bar or restaurant? We’d love to see – send us your snaps on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!