Your ultimate guide to the perfect table setting for Christmas
High Quality Accommodation: How To Be A Brilliant Host For Christmas Dinner
Guillaume Hanson, etiquette coach and author of the Bluffer’s Guide to Entertaining advises:
⇒ At Christmas, you could seat more people than your dining table comfortably allows. Confused seating is to be expected, but try to keep your guests from feeling too crowded. Pool service, in which dishes are served in platters on the table rather than going out to the plate, restaurant-style is the norm at Christmas, so keep in mind that your Christmas decorations. table leave space.
⇒ Don’t light candles at Christmas lunch – but candles at dinner are an absolute must.
⇒ Everyone has a different cracker policy. Some people are adamant that crackers aren’t pulled until after a meal, but paper hats are useless. If you pull them off at the start of the meal, the terrible jokes inside can help fuel the conversation. In all cases, they should be placed to the left of everyone’s table on the bread plate, on an appropriate napkin. Linens, not fabric.
Deploy the children to help set and clear the table.
Hot plates are essential, unless it is a cold dish.
Put the wine on the table in decanters for the guests to serve themselves. Be liberal with libations. Christmas is a time of generosity.
⇒ The guests should also use the sauce, but it should be poured with a ladle and not poured, even in a gravy boat.
Guests must be seated at the head of the table.
⇒ Christmas lunch is a marathon, not a sprint. Guests should start eating first and finish last, setting the pace of the meal.
Correctly, the fork and the spoon for the pudding do not protrude from the plate. This style is Americanism. Rather, it goes down left and right of the rest of the cutlery, unless you need to save space.