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Frequently Asked Dining and Entertaining Questions

Dining and Entertaining by Ashley Furniture HomeStore
Nothing feels quite like home like hosting a gathering that lets people come together, laugh around a table and share a meal. That’s why presentation and getting your kitchen and dining room ready for dining and entertaining are crucial. From wooden serving trays, cake stands, woven placemats and colorful ceramic dinnerware sets, Ashley HomeStore has whatever you need to make your feasts and dinner parties into spectacular occasions!

What are Main Table Setting Elements?
There are four main elements to a table setting: china, glassware, flatware and linens. Together these essential pieces set the stage and create a delightful presentation that will get guests ready to dig into their meal. The serveware can come in a wide variety of styles and colors, but you can never fail with elegant white plates, platters and dishes — they’re eye-catching and make your food look insta-worthy! Glassware adds that extra sparkle and shine to the table to make it look chic. You can mix and match different kinds of glasses, class it up or class it down, or use unconventional textures for that one-of-a-kind feel. There are specific rules regarding silverware placement and need to be set according to your event’s menu. When choosing linens like napkins, tablecloths, runners and placemats, let your imagination run wild! This is the most important component to consider when adding color and pattern.

What are the Different Table Setting Styles?
When you go to a restaurant or a formal dinner, you often never think about the table setting. But as a host, you really have to consider table settings since they are the first impression of the meal. There are three main table setting styles. The first is a basic table setting, which is used during everyday dinners, weekend brunches, and casual, friendly events. A placemat is set on the table with a dinner plate placed right on the center. A napkin is then placed to the left of the plate with a fork set right on top. To the right of the plate, from closest to furthest, are the knife and the spoon. Drinkware is simple with a water glass set above the plate and utensils. The second type of table setting style is the casual table setting. This is very similar to the basic place setting but with the inclusion of a salad plate and a soup bowl placed on top of the dinner plate. This setting also replaces a regular spoon with a soup spoon and adds a wine glass to the mix. The last and most complicated place setting is the formal table. You can follow countless styles of formal table settings depending on the occasion, your sensibilities or your traditions.

Dining & Entertaining Necessities for Hosting a Party?
Throwing a party takes a lot of prep work. You have to ensure that your house is spotless and you have all the dining accessories you need to be the perfect host. If you’re slinging cocktails or showcasing a signature drink, having necessary bar furniture like a bar cart or stools will help guest prepare drinks for themselves and feel more at home in your space. If your party is a brunch event, a tea time or you’re simply serving desserts at the end of the meal, it is essential that you have serving trays to not only pay homage to hosting traditions but to also easily serve dishes from the kitchen to the dining area. Having an appropriate and elegant dinnerware set is also a must-have when hosting a party since they add stylish elements that tie the whole event’s decor together.