Table Laying And Table Setting

Table Laying Procedure The process involves covering restaurant/dining tables with clean, crisp, and well-starched linen tablecloths and napkins, enhancing the room’s attractiveness. It’s essential to minimize handling to avoid creasing, ensuring proper table cloth placement on the first attempt.   Table Cloth Placement: Before laying the table cloth, ensure the table and chairs are correctly […]

Table Laying Procedure

The process involves covering restaurant/dining tables with clean, crisp, and well-starched linen tablecloths and napkins, enhancing the room’s attractiveness. It’s essential to minimize handling to avoid creasing, ensuring proper table cloth placement on the first attempt.

 

Table Cloth Placement:

Before laying the table cloth, ensure the table and chairs are correctly positioned. The table top should be clean and level. Correct any wobbling with a cork slice. Select the appropriate size of the folded table cloth. For larger tables requiring two cloths, overlap them away from the room entrance for a polished presentation. Open the screen-folded cloth on the table, with the inverted fold on top.

 

Steps for Placing the Table Cloth:

  1. Position your thumb on the inverted fold and spread arms, lifting the cloth to let the bottom folds fall freely.
  2. Place the cloth over the opposite edge of the table.
  3. Release the middle fold, drawing the cloth towards you until the table is covered.
  4. Ensure an even fall on all sides and make adjustments if needed.

 

Correct Table Cloth Placement:

  1. Corners should align with table legs.
  2. The cover lap should be even.
  3. Creases should run uniformly in the room.

 

Table Setting

Refers to arranging tables with serving dishes and eating utensils for serving and eating.

 

Types of Table Settings:

  1. Informal Table Setting: Everyday use, minimal cutlery, no pre-laid table cover, suitable for family settings.
  2. Formal Table Setting: For special occasions, follows set rules, pre-set with individual cutlery and plates.

 

Items Needed for Table Setting:

  1. Place mats
  2. Table napkins/Serviettes
  3. Cutlery
  4. Menu card and table number
  5. Cruet set
  6. Serving plates
  7. Water goblets
  8. Wine goblets
  9. Side plates
  10. Butter dish
  11. Ash trays, etc.

Note: Some items depend on the meal being served.

 

Steps for Table Setting:

  1. Arrange cutlery on a service salver in the order of use.
  2. Place forks on the left, knives on the right.
  3. Ensure cutlery edges are an inch from the table/mat.
  4. Turn up spoon bowls and fork prongs, direct knife edges toward the plate.
  5. Turn glasses up, placing them above the cutlery.
  6. Folded serviette/napkin on the side plate, in a glass cup, or at the table center.
  7. Place cruet set within easy reach.
  8. Add a low flower vase at the table center.

 

Guidelines for Table Laying/Setting:

  1. Determine the number of persons and menu.
  2. Keep the design simple and natural.
  3. Use colors and materials for an attractive design.
  4. Ensure the table setting complements the meal.
  5. Prioritize comfort and enjoyment.
  6. Clean all materials properly.
  7. Place cutlery close together.

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