Set a Table with Style with Sotheby’s Home

Sotheby's Home shares their best table essentials and table-setting tips and tricks for a delightful dinner party.

Set a Table with Style with Sotheby’s Home

Pulling off a successful dinner party requires more than just serving a delicious meal. Whether you’re hosting a formal affair or a casual get-together, look no further than Sotheby’s Home to impress your dinner guests.

Etiquette Matters

When you’re setting the table, do it properly with everything in the correct position. It’s hard to remember if the water glass goes to the left or the right of the white wine glass, so use our cheat sheet to show off your good manners.

From top left: Summer Wheat Salt And Pepper Shakers, Philippe Starck Liberté Letter Holder, Nick Cave Drinking Glasses, Baccarat Genova Champagne Glasses, Baccarat Malmaison Red Wine Glasses, Baccarat Malmaison White Wine Glasses, European Cordial Set, Bethany Collins Embroidered Napkin, Piero Fornasetti Food-Related Plates And Dish, Trent Doyle Hancock Bone Cutlery, Odiot Assembled Flatware Service, JANUS et Cie Sea Fan Bowls And Tombolo Platter, Piero Fornasetti Small Cups
From top left: Summer Wheat Salt And Pepper Shakers, Philippe Starck Liberté Letter Holder, Nick Cave Drinking Glasses, Baccarat Genova Champagne Glasses, Baccarat Malmaison Red Wine Glasses, Baccarat Malmaison White Wine Glasses, European Cordial Set, Bethany Collins Embroidered Napkin, Piero Fornasetti Food-Related Plates And Dish, Trent Doyle Hancock Bone Cutlery, Odiot Assembled Flatware Service, JANUS et Cie Sea Fan Bowls And Tombolo Platter, Piero Fornasetti Small Cups

Solid Gold & Silver

Traditional Gold-Rimmed Plates And Bowls
Traditional Gold-Rimmed Plates And Bowls

There’s something about metallics on a dinner table that makes the meal feel special. Gold and silver add glamour and look good with just about everything. Search for tableware with hints of gold or silver to instantly dress up your table.

Napkins on Lapkins

Bethany Collins Embroidered Napkin
Bethany Collins Embroidered Napkin

Nothing says “this is a fabulous adult dinner party” like embroidered napkins. Look for beautiful linens that add a soft touch to the table and a dash of sophistication, too.

Colorful Conversation

Blenko Glass Glassware Collection
Blenko Glass Glassware Collection

Colorful glass adds a burst of vibrance to your dining table with little effort. An instant collection of Blenko hand-blown decanters, vases and pitchers serves up a tablescape of rainbow hues.  

Fine Wine

Baccarat Malmaison White Wine Glasses
Baccarat Malmaison White Wine Glasses

What’s a dinner party without wine? And if you’re going to serve great wine, you might as well serve it in gorgeous glasses. Invest in fine crystal glassware that will stand the test of time. 

Candlelit Drama

Contemporary Hexagonal Candlesticks
Contemporary Hexagonal Candlesticks

A table centerpiece of lit candles at different heights is an easy-to-achieve crowd-pleaser. The smell of melting wax and the romantic flicker of fire are always good ideas. And when you forget to buy flowers or can’t figure out what to do as a centerpiece, a collection like this will be a lifesaver.

The Elephant in the Dining Room

Art Deco Elephant Teapots
Art Deco Elephant Teapots

In many parts of the world, skipping a cup of coffee after a formal meal would be unthinkable. Master the art of after-dinner coffee and tea by adding some flair. Look for whimsical pieces like an elephant teapot to spark after-dinner conversation.

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