Karl Lohnes on tips and trend ideas for your table
Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:18AM EDT
Whether you're investing in your first formal china set or updating an outdated pattern, décor expert Karl Lohnes shares these tips to help you choose the right picks to revitalize your table.
How much china, flatware and cutlery should you register for or purchase?
You should get12 place settings + 2 for future breakage and damage. If you're starting out don't let the size of your current dining table influence how many settings you buy. If you're already invested in your dining table then count how many it can seat and add four.
Should we be influenced by colour trends like gold or silver tones?
You should buy what you love. Gold and silver are both classics. Silver tends to be more popular in North America than gold.
What dishes are we featuring today?
This is a new classic design by Waterford and is called Sunday Rose. It was created by fashion designer Monique Lhuillier. The inspiration came from a famous wedding dress that she designed called the Sunday Rose dress. This was shown at the New York Tabletop Market. I think it will become a classic for years to come.
Is this an example of a classic place setting when setting a table?
China: Stacking china is good for family-style serving. A more formal serving would present all the china, then it would be taken all away and each piece would be served as needed for each course.
Flatware: Always lay out flatware on each side of the dinner plate. You work from the outside in as you each course is served.
Glassware: Always place glassware on the right-hand side of the dinner service. Work from the far right towards centre as each course is served.
What's the best way to remember which bread plate and glassware is yours at a formal setting?
Touch your fore-fingers to the tips of your thumbs to form a "B" with on your left and a "D" on our right. You will then remember the bread plate "B" is on the left and your drinking vessels "D" are on the right. Your napkin is always on the left or centre of plate. When you have numerous sets of cutlery you always go from the outside in.