4 Ways to Set Your Dining Table

Arranging a dinner party can be a stressful and highly involved event and how you’re going to set the dining table might be the last thing on your mind.

However, a well set dining table can make or break a dining event. There are certainly more details to take into consideration if you’re arranging a formal dining event.

Place setting

But to get you started, you’ll need a basic dining table setting, including:

  • A table
  • A dinner plate
  • A fork
  • A knife
  • A glass

To expand on this basic dining setting, here are some ideas on how to arrange and theme your table for different occasions.

1. Birthday Party

Citrus tea pot

This is an occasion where you can get really creative with your table setting. A fun idea is to set your table in a Mad Hatter tea party style.

What you need:

  • Long dining table
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Crazy party hats
  • A colourful tablecloth
  • A variety of cakes topped with berries
  • Mad Hatter themed birthday cake candles
  • Teapots, cups and saucers
  • Disposable cutlery and cups
  • Colourful napkins
  • Themed labels

How to:

Set up a long table outside and cover it with the colourful table cloth. Arrange cutlery in a standard way at each place setting.

Place teapots, cups and saucers along the table and dot the cakes in between them. Centre the Mad Hatter birthday cake in the centre of the table.

Attach ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ labels to the items across the table.

2. Informal Dinner Party

Murder mystery table

Sometimes dinner parties can be a bore so why not try something different?  Set up a murder mystery themed dinner party!

Setting a dining table to match the theme is not as difficult as you may think. It’s all about creating a sense of mystery.

What you need:

  • Magnifying glasses
  • Menorah and candles
  • Copper plates
  • Dark table cloth
  • Clues
  • Sliver cutlery

How to:

Cover the table with the dark table cloth and arrange the cutlery and plates.

Place a clue on each copper plate.

Put the menorah in the middle of the table and light the candles so you can set the atmosphere for the dinner when your guests arrive!

3. Anniversary Dinner

Romantic dinner

This is an occasion where being romantic to the extreme is not frowned on or dismissed as too ‘soppy’. You could also take the table outside for an evening dinner under moonlight.

What you need:

  • A small, easily portable table
  • Red roses
  • Champagne and glasses
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Fancy napkins
  • Special occasion cutlery
  • Mini chocolate hearts

How to:

Arrange the flowers and chocolate hearts across the table. Place the chocolate fountain in the middle of the table and place strawberries next to it.

Set up the cutlery, napkins and glasses in a formal manner and places the champagne in easy reach.

4. Christmas Dinner

Little gift on plate

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to go wild with your table setting. It can be formal or informal; the only requirement is it’s festive!

A fun idea is to set up a nut cracker themed Christmas table.

What you need:

  • Red and green napkins
  • Red table cloth
  • Glasses
  • Special occasion cutlery
  • Christmas crackers
  • Candles
  • Nut cracker figurines
  • Mini wrapped gifts
  • Small jars of gingerbread biscuits

How to:

Cover your dining table in the red table cloth and arrange the cutlery and glasses in a formal manner.

Place the nut cracker figurines and candles along the middle of the table. For a nice finishing touch place a mini gift on each guest’s plate and have little jars of gingerbread biscuits dotted across the table.