Saturday, 26 November 2011

Table Setting

The setting tells where the happening is and what time it is. As a concept, proper table setting etiquette is the practice of placing the crockery and cutlery on the table in the right manner and position. These positions are very easy to remember once you understand the concept behind it.
Types of Table Settings:
The different table settings are categorized into four, such as family table setting, buffet settings, plate setting, and butler table setting. It also makes the diner more comfortable if everyone follows the recommended pattern for the place setting. That way wherever you go, you will know where the knife, spoon, fork, glass, etc. are when you need them.
Some Important Tips for Table Setting:
There are a multitude of rules regarding formal dining. If you aren't used to hosting formal dinners, the task can be a fairly disturbing one. A classic meal is 13 courses, but the present day norm is three or four courses. An aspect to remember is that as your number of courses increases, the size of the portions of food that goes on the plate decreases. Another pointer is that if you plan to invite more than 12 people for a formal dinner, then it should be served in buffet style. For good measure, keep a spare cover set up, so you can quickly replace anything that fall to the floor. Another handy tip on proper tables setting for formal dinner is to have at hand some club soda and towels that may be used in case of spills. Timing is everything - try to set your table in advance! Setting a beautiful table is a task you can organize and finish well ahead of time. Leaving it till the last minute is stressful, and it sets you up for problems – like discovering that two of your dinner plates are in the fridge with leftovers on them. It's easy to set your table fast when you have a system and some basic table ideas. Keeping in mind some tips, you can avoid social embarrassments.
Images for proper Table Setting:

Table Setting in Pakistan:
The concept of a Dining table is relatively recent in urban Pakistani mid to upper middle class and upper class households. It is also a matter of personal choice and not a requirement.
Traditional households, wealthy or not, still prefer to dine seated on the floor. People generally are seated in a row in large households or in a U shape which allows an opening for servers to move around with ease or in a horseshoe ring -- in small households. The server moves from one to the next seated, bending, as food is dished out, returning with seconds for those that need it. Therefore, the western idea of place "setting" is very loosely followed even by those who do use the dining table -- seating is informal, more on a convenience basis although the father or grandfather or eldest male might have a favorite seat.
Now a days dining table setting in Pakistan is almost the same as in other parts of the world. Though it might be different in rural areas where they still sit on the ground and eat. As per recent observation, I don't know if it's really any different than in the Western world? Perhaps a little less formal, as there isn't any of that salad fork type of stuff in one's home, but all in all it's pretty similar. Ther are no vine glasses on the table. Then there is of course a container having ‘Roties’ or ‘Chappaties’ in it.