Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you wondering what are the most important elements of an elegant table?
Will you be setting a romantic and elegant table for that special person in your life?
Listed below are the 9 most important elements of an elegant table. Your romantic table setting doesn’t need to incorporate all of these elements, but it definitely should have most of them to really be elegant.
An elegant Valentine’s Day tablescape can be very simple, or it can be elaborate. It all depends on your style and using various elements within your tablescape design.
9 Important Elements of an Elegant Table
#1 ~ A table linen is a must when setting an elegant table
When you are setting an elegant table, using a tablecloth or a table runner is a must. A bare table, or one with placemats, just doesn’t boast the elegant factor.
That piece of fabric provides a base for the rest of the table setting and sets the stage for the overall look.
Choose a tablecloth or table runner that you find to be elegant. It can be a solid color, or a sophisticated floral or geometric pattern. Often a tone on tone (shiny on matte) is very elegant; think of damask fabric.
#2 ~ Charger plates elevate the look of an elegant table
There is something about a charger plate that elevates your table setting. That larger, decorative plate adds a layer to your place setting, along with an element of elegance. A charger plate’s only purpose is to decorate your table setting. It’s an element that enhances the elegance of your table.
#3 ~ Fine china heightens the look of an elegant table setting
Now you can use your everyday dishes for an elegant table, but using fine china really heightens the elegant element on a table.
Your guests will notice the elegant dishes and they will appreciate them. Plus, an elegant table gives you the perfect reason to use your fine china.
#4 ~ Cloth napkins are a required element of an elegant table
Paper napkins, no matter how pretty, are not to be used on an elegant tablescape. Cloth napkins are an essential element of an elegant table.
Your guests will feel that you “cheaped out” when you set your table with paper napkins. You can find inexpensive cloth napkins at HomeGoods, Target, and World Market, to name a few.
Your guests will appreciate using nice cloth napkins. Plus, the cloth napkins will add an essential element to your elegant table setting.
#5 ~ Silverware is necessary for your beautiful tablescape
I say “silverware” and not “flatware” in the sense of a nicer set of eating utensils. The terms are practically synonyms, but “silverware” has an elevated impression.
When setting an elegant table you must use nice-looking silverware. It doesn’t need to be silver, or silver in color, but pieces that are attractive. Not stained or pitted from the dishwasher or daily use.
#6 ~ Wine glasses on a table make it feel classy
Placing wine glasses on your table will immediately make it feel elegant. Even if you’re serving hamburgers (haha!).
They provide the element of elegance because your guest know will be serving wine, and wine is typically served with nicer meals. Hence wine glasses and an elegant table go hand-in-hand.
#7 ~ Place cards tell your guests it will be an elegant affair
If you put place cards on your table, it becomes a fancy meal. There’s something about assigned seating that makes your guests feel special. They are aware that they are about to sit down to an elegant dinner.
Don’t forget to use place cards as an essential element on your elegant tablescape. Your guests will notice them and you will be happy you did.
#8 ~ Flowers are an essential element on a chic table
Flowers definitely class up a tablescape and make it feel elegant. I mean, don’t you love picking up a bunch of flowers at your local florist or grocery store. They make you feel special.
Flowers do the same thing to your table. They add the element of elegance and make your tablescape feel amazing.
Select unscented flowers that will compliment your table decor. They don’t need to be elegant flowers (roses or lilies), they just need to look fabulous on your table.
#9 ~ Candles set the mood for an elegant table setting
Candles are a must as part of an elegant table setting. They set the mood. Why else do you think fancy restaurants have candles on their tables? They make you feel that you are sitting down for a romantic or elegant meal.
Remember (or bookmark) these 9 elements the next time you are creating an elegant table setting for your friends and family. They will ensure that your table is truly lovely and elegant.
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