How to Set a Table: Expert’s Guide on Table Setting

Setting a Table is an art for a wedding or event planner. If you don’t collaborate with a planner then it’s a tough job to make it better. This guide will give the simple guide on how to set a table for a party, event, wedding, baby shower. Setting a table like a professional event planner is a tough thing, but with the help of this guide, it is possible to set a table like an expert.

You have to divide the table setting into several sections. So, that you cannot miss any part of setting a table.

Table Linens:

Table linens are the notable thing in a Table. Choosing a right linen based on the theme or Color of the venue will add a look to an event. Table linen should be soft, wrinkle-less, and stain resistant. Think before that you are going for a full drop or half drop or mid drop or puddle drop. Based upon that gets a tablecloth that perfectly fits the drop you have chosen. If you get a tablecloth without knowing the length, then the drop could change from full to half drop. Stick to the proper tablecloth length guide. There is a variety of fabric tablecloth (satin, jute burlap, polyester), colour, pattern (checkered, flowers, box).

The types of Tablecloth are:

  1. Rectangle Tablecloth
  2. Spandex Tablecloth
  3. Square Tablecloth
  4. Round Tablecloth

To prevent the stain from the tablecloth you can use Table overlays over the Tablecloth. Table overlays are available in attractive colours.

In the centre of the table, you can prefer to use Table runners which can be used to decorate the centrepiece of the table. Tablerunners act as a decorative supply where you can keep the floral arrangements, fruit/vegetable or candles. Clip the corners of the tablecloth using Table skirt clips.


Lay the table runner in the centre of the table and above that can be decorated with floral arrangements or candles. Keep a note that the centrepiece decoration should be in a way that doesn’t disturb the eye contact of both the sides of peoples. Either the decoration should be above the head or below the faces.

Select a fragrant flower that matches your theme colour of a wedding or event. Keep a bunch of fresh flowers in a crystal glass, placing at the centre of the table. You can use Candles as a centrepiece.

Vegetables or fruits carved like a human face or a designed patterned can be used as a centrepiece on a table.


Things necessary to keep at a dinner table are listed below:

  • Menu card
  • Dinner plate
  • Soup bowl
  • Dinner fork, Salad fork, Dessert fork
  • Dinner knife, Butter knife
  • Soup spoon, Teaspoon
  • Bread and butter spoon
  • Water Glass, 2 Wineglass
  • Polyester Napkins
  • Tissue paper
  • Salt & pepper shaker
  • Water bottle
  • Tea Cup and saucer

Seat the guest at a dinner table according to the seating arrangement. Plan the seating arrangement accordingly to the number of guests expected and the size of a table (round table or rectangle table). Leave enough space between a guest. Better you number each seat on a dinner table.