Formal Table Settings Vs Casual Table Settings

Your table setting will provide an inviting atmosphere to your loved ones. Try to design a comfy and functional space, where your guests can enjoy an unforgettable moment. To guarantee an appropriate table decoration you need to think about the context for choosing the right items.

The difference between a casual and formal table setting is on the kind and quantity of items involved. Discover it in this post!


What Kind of Style Should I Choose?

Beyond the style, the first thing that must be defined is the season, the place (indoor or outdoor), the concept and the decoration of the space.

Keep in mind that another of the things that characterize the formal and casual table settings is the length of the tablecloths. If your meal is formal, opt for tablecloths with a long drop (to the floor), and shorter pieces for more relaxed moments.


Create the Best Look:

  • The perfect drop for your tablecloths.
  • The right fabrics for tablecloths.
  • Elements for casual and formal table settings.

  1. The perfect drop for your tablecloths.

Remember that the perfect drop depends on the occasion and the type of atmosphere you want to create.  Design an unforgettable scene!

For a formal-fancy look, create a stunning feel with a 30″ drop (round and rectangular tablecloths).  On the other hand, for most settings an 8″-10″ drop is fine, but for casual settings, a 6″ drop may also work. 

  2. The right fabrics for tablecloths.

Usually the look of the table setting is defined by the type of fabric chosen. Keep in mind that the polyester and satin fabrics in solid colors are the most used to create an elegant concept, ideal to surprise the guests.

The “chevron” products are also used to create a fancy look, despite the patterns. In this case, the key is in the chosen accessories and again, the length of the tablecloth. Prints such as Checkered, Polka Dot, Striped are ideal to create a more carefree look, but still with great charm.

Mainly for outdoor meals, burlap items can be ideal with a hybrid concept (not too casual or too formal).

  3. Elements for casual and formal table settings.

Generally, when creating a casual concept, it is important to include the following elements in the table:

  • Napkin
  • Dinner fork.
  • Salad plate.
  • Soup bowl.
  • Dinner plate.
  • Wine glass
  • Dinner knife.
  • Soup spoon.

On the other hand, for formal table settings you will need to use these elements:

  • Napkin.
  • Dinner fork.
  • Salad fork.
  • Butter knife.
  • Bread plate.
  • Charger.
  • Soup bowl.
  • Salt shaker.
  • Place card.
  • Pepper shaker.
  • Dessert spoon.
  • Water glass.
  • Red wine glass.
  • White wine glass.
  • Dinner knife.
  • Soup spoon.

This is it!

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

Harry Winston

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