• How to lay the perfect table

    Planning a weekend lunch or a sumptuous spring dinner?

    If you want to be sure your table looks the part, then here are a few handy hints:

    1. Cover your table with a crisp plain linen tablecloth and contrasting napkins. If you go for a plain cloth, then you can change your table décor by using different coloured napkins and other accessories. It is easier on the purse to do this and it also means you achieve a classic, stylish look effortlessly.
    2. Lay your placemats and put the main course knife and fork either side of each mat, then lay the starter cutlery outside this.
    3. Pop the dessert spoon above the fork with its handle to the right.
    4. Water glasses should be place above the knives with wine glasses above and to the right. Champagne flutes should be placed to the left.
    5. Arrange fresh spring flowers as a centrepiece and add handwritten place cards for a personal touch. Make sure your floral arrangement isn’t too high so people can’t see or speak over it.
    6. Place napkins on the side of the fork.