Set a Table that Sparkles

The jewel of any successful holiday dinner is a beautifully set table. It's the one time of year that we get to pull out the fancy plates and glasses and dress things up. The Kitchen has some surefire tips to help you set a table that glistens with class, sophistication and holiday cheer.

The tablescape of items from Crate & Barrel created during the Set A Table That Sparkles segment is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The tablescape of items from Crate & Barrel created during the Set A Table That Sparkles segment is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

First off, everything has its place starting with the silverware. An easy way to remember where each flatware piece goes is to place them in the order of the letters in the word "forks." The order, left to right, is: "f" for fork, "o" for the plate (it is shaped like an "o"), "k" for knives and "s" for spoons (forget the "r"). The flatware is laid out with the pieces you will use first on the outside. For example, if the salad course is first, then the salad forks go on the outside and the dinner forks go inside of that. When placing the knife, the blade should face towards the plate. The dessert fork and spoon go above the plate with the spoon facing left and the fork facing right.

To place glassware, touch the tips of your thumbs to the tips of your forefingers to make a lowercase "b" with your left hand and a lowercase "d" with your right hand. This reminds you that "bread and butter" go to the left of the place setting and "drinks" go on the right. 

When setting a perfect table, you want to make sure that you don't get too carried away--you need to leave room for your food! Make sure all your food will fit by laying out all of your empty serving platters before you add centerpieces and decor.

Once you're sure everything will fit, it's time to add some glam. We like to make a quick and easy centerpiece. A large floral centerpiece blocks the faces of your guests and takes up valuable real estate on your table. Instead, you can create a tumbling ornament centerpiece that runs along the center of your table by placing ornaments down the length of the table. We chose ornaments that had mixed metallic elements to go with our shimmery theme. We also piled these ornaments into small gold wreaths at either end of the table.

Our table had lots of metallic decor, so we decided to add lighting to make everything shine. You can do this by using micro LED lights that are battery-powered and inexpensive. They'll add a perfect twinkle to your table. Thread them through the centerpiece and wrap a small box in gift wrap with a bow. Cut out the bottom of the box to slip over the lights' small power box. This sits on the table and disguises the power pack as a decorative gift!

Keep Reading

Next Up

"Shop It, Don't Chop It" Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Navigating weeknight meals can be a challenge. First, you have to shop, then you have to chop--and then there's the cooking. The good news is that The Kitchen has eliminated a few steps by selecting the best pre-chopped and ready-made supermarket ingredients. We've also combined these timesavers to make a delicious Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry.

Get That Garden Growin'

Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry! Getting your garden growin' is easier than you think! Here are some of our favorite tips.

Mix Up Your S'mores

For a riff on classic s'mores, try one of these pairings from The Kitchen.

Holiday Cocktail Party: Deck the Trees

Deck your halls with creative and festive trees that will take your holiday cocktail party to the next level!

How to Make a Citrus Nail-Growth Soak

Learn to make a citrus nail-growth soak, a spa product featured on The Kitchen.

Swap School

Here are some easy ingredient substitutions for when you suddenly find yourself out of eggs, mayo and other kitchen staples.

Kitchen Helpline -- Shopping

Once again, we've opened our Kitchen Helpline, and this time we've got the answers to your pressing questions about buying chicken. Here's what you want to know!

Kitchen Helpline: Restaurant Secrets

We know you love to eat out just as much as you love to cook at home, so we want to help you recreate your favorite restaurant dishes. Here's how to master your most-requested restaurant items at home.

DIY Summer Cookout

The Kitchen is throwing a nautical beach party with fun and beachy DIY decor.
More from:

The Kitchen

On TV