Post table: what it is, how to make and 60 decorating tips

A beautiful and well-arranged table makes any meal more enjoyable and even tastier. The table set, as it is called, enriches special moments like celebratory dinners and birthday lunches, but it can also be used in daily life, making everyday meals more inviting and special.

And do not even think that the table is fresh. On the contrary, the arrangement and organization of cutlery and crockery facilitates the timing of serving, tasting and withdrawing what has already been used. In this post, we will clarify how all this works and teach you to set up a desk for formal and informal occasions. Follow it.

What is a table?

The table set is nothing more than arranging dishes, cutlery and glasses on the table for a particular meal, which can be breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon coffee or dinner.

There is a different type of table set for each of these meals. The occasion also makes all the difference in setting the table, since for a barbecue, for example, the table can be put in a more despoiled, while for an engagement dinner, the elements that will make up the table need a little more refinement and sophistication.

A table set for day to day is also quite different from a table for a special occasion such as a birthday or valentines day. Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to know for what occasion the table will be assembled.

Which items and articles can not be missing on a writing desk
Setting the occasion makes it much easier to know what to put on the table. But before that, you still have to set the menu. For each type of meal there are cutlery, glasses and specific dishes.

But in general, some items are wild and will always be used. So always keep them in your hands. Check out the list below, the indispensable items for a well-laid table:

Tablecloth, American game or sousplat

You can choose to have only one or all three, but the more options you have the better, so you guarantee the table for different occasions, from a more elegant dinner to a Sunday barbecue. The tablecloths are a joker. Invest in one of noble fabric like cotton and linen. The light colors are more indicated, but nothing prevents a stronger tone or a printed towel, as long as you take care of the rest of the decoration not to visually overload the table.

The American games serve as a support for glasses, cutlery and glasses. They can be the same or different prints if you want a more modern and relaxed table. Already the sousplat, read suppá, support only the dish and can be used alone or in conjunction with the tablecloth. Like the American games, there are several different models and materials of sousplat, as well as it is possible to make them at home.


Any meal needs dishes whether they be deep, shallow, soup or dessert. Invest in these items, especially those of porcelain and ceramics. If you often receive many people in your house have at least twelve of each type, otherwise six pieces of each is enough.


Just like the dishes, the cutlery is indispensable for a set table, from the simplest to the most sophisticated. At first, make a basic set with knives - main and dessert, forks - main and dessert - and spoons - main, dessert, coffee and tea. Then, in a few minutes, insert other cutlery, such as the ones for fish and the ones for red meat.

Cups and glasses

Eating is also synonymous with drinking. Therefore, the glasses come into the list. The rules of etiquette define three types of cup for the table set: cup for red wine, glass for white wine and cup for water. Do you need all of them? This will depend on the menu, but to ensure you have at least glasses for water and glasses for one type of wine.

Cups and saucers

Cups with saucers are also important for a set table, especially for breakfast, brunch or afternoon coffee. In such cases, the coffee and tea cups with the respective saucers are used. After main meals, many people like to take a sip of coffee, so it's good to be prepared with these items, too, for lunch and dinner.


Paper towel does not even think eh? Always have a set of fabric napkins to leave the table spotless. The tip for the towels is also for the napkins, so prefer the ones of fabrics like cotton and thread. If you want to make the table even more beautiful, use rings to wrap the napkins. You can buy ready or do, the internet is full of ideas.

How to make a table set

table top

Now that you know everything you need to set up a table, let's take a step-by-step look at how to make the table set. Check out:

  1. First, there should come the towel, the American game or the sousplat. If you use American or sousplat game, remember that you will need one for each guest and that the item should be positioned facing the chair. If you are going to use tablecloth, check the length so people do not stumble on the towel;
  2. Then it is time to arrange the dishes according to the menu. The smaller dishes are on the larger ones. For example, first the salad plate, then the main course. The dessert plate is placed after the main meal. If the meal counts on pre-dinner snacks, add a smaller dish in the upper left corner with a bread knife resting on it;
  3. Arrange the cutlery now. The rule is laid out on the table according to what will be served first in the menu. Therefore, the forks should be on the left side and follow the order from the smallest to the largest and from the outside to the inside. For example, the smallest and outermost must be the salad, starting with the fish - if any - and the main fork, which is in the innermost part, leaning against the plate. On the right side comes the knives and the tablespoon. That way, you will have it from the outside in: the tablespoon - if any, the incoming knife and the main knife. The dessert spoon is positioned above the dish;
  4. The napkin is located in the left corner, next to the forks.
  5. Then arrange the bowls. They should be in the upper right corner, starting from the tip of the last knife or spoon. The first one is of red wine, then comes the one of white wine and finally the one of water;

This is the step-by-step to set up a formal posta table for a special dinner or lunch. For day to day, you can opt for a simpler laid table with only the main and dessert cutlery, a bowl and the main and entree dish.

For breakfasts and afternoon coffees use dessert plates and cutlery, tea cups, coffee, glass of juice and napkin. The dishes and crockery are the same: plates in the center, forks to the left, knives (always with the cut inwards) and spoons to the right, napkin in the left corner, cups and saucers with teaspoons and coffee in the upper corner right side and the glass of juice next to it.

For breakfast or afternoon coffee the tables are usually tidied with food on it. Remember to ensure the visual presentation of the trays and platters that will be on the table.

For brunches, that intermediate meal between breakfast and lunch, the composition of the table is very similar to that of breakfast, with the difference that it includes larger shallow plates and main cutlery.

60 ideas of table decoration put to you to be inspired

Check out some suggested table suggestions designed to inspire you and make yours, whatever the occasion:

Picture 1 - Mesa posta for an informal occasion; Napkin was placed below the cumbuca soup.

Table set for an informal occasion

Picture 2 - Flowers complement the decoration of the table put; just do not leave the arrangement too loud to disturb the conversation between the guests.

Flowers complement the table decoration put

Picture 3 - Copper crockery is the great charm of this table set; highlight the cactus vases that decorate the interior of each dish.

Copper crockery is the great charm of this table set

Picture 4 - Blue tablecloth enhances the gold colored cutlery; candlesticks and flower pots complete the table.

Blue tablecloth on table set

Picture 5 - Table set of simple form with only the cutlery and crockery main; the charm lies in the beauty of the decor.

Simple puttable table with only cutlery

Picture 6 - Already at this table, no towel, American game or sousplat.

Table set without American set, towel and without sousplat

Picture 7 - Black background created by the towel leaves the table more sophisticated, the details in gold reinforce the proposal.

Sophisticated post table with black towel background

Picture 8 - Even though it is informal, you can set up a beautiful table.

Informal informal table

Image 9 - Elongated table counts with a glass of olive oil on each plate; a treat for the guests.

Table set with small bottle of olive oil

Picture 10 - Romantic and modern, this table was decorated in white and light pink with a touch of black and gold.

Table set decorated in white color

Picture 11 - Black confers double elegance to this formal writing desk.

Double elegance for this formal table

Image 12 - The predominant white is great for tables placed during the day.

Predominant table top white

Image 13 - Fruit and vegetable twig gives charm and grace to the table.

Sliced ​​fruit pineapple

Image 14 - Simple put table used paper napkin.

Simple puttable table with paper napkin

Picture 15 - Table set for a party with cutlery and plastic dishes.

Party table decoration with cutlery

Picture 16 - At this table, the flowers come in the shape and design of the dishes.

Table set with crockery drawing

Picture 17 - American game with floral print helps to decorate the table.

American set with floral print for writing table

Picture 18 - All pink on this table set for coffee.

Coffee table

Picture 19 - Table set with great joy and fun.

Table set with great joy and fun

Picture 20 - Simple table template for you to copy and do the same there in your house.

Simple post table template

Picture 21 - Star-shaped plates enter the table decoration in a special way.

Special shape table decoration

Image 22 - Outdoor table set; ideal for a picnic or a barbecue.

Outdoor table set

Picture 23 - Wooden table makes a harmonious and striking contrast with the black pieces.

Wooden post table

Picture 24 - The outdoor climate is naturally informal, but the table does not have to be less tidy.

Outdoor table set

Picture 25 - Napkins and American plaid game give a picnic face to the meal; the fresh vegetables on the table invite for an aperitif before the main course.

American chess set on the table set

Picture 26 - A beautiful and rich table for breakfast; Impress your guests with crockery and flower arrangements.

Table set for breakfast

Image 27 - Rustic table used crude stones in the decoration.

Rustic table with rough stones in decoration

Picture 28 - Do not leave the center of the table empty, especially the round ones, use flower arrangements to fill the space.

Table set with flower arrangements

Image 29 - One option at the time of setting the table is to use a path on the towel, creating a look like this one of the image.

path on the tablecloth on the table

Picture 30 - Table set for brunch; board with various cheeses, fruits and olives can not miss.

Table set for brunch

Picture 31 - Outdoor table: try using rustic style sousplat, like this one in the image, it looks beautiful !.

Sousplat rustic style outdoor table set

Image 32 - If you prefer you can leave a menu for each guest; position it on the left side of the table next to the napkin.

A menu for each guest at the table set

Picture 33 - At this table put the ceramic dishes and cutlery with wooden handle stand out.

Ceramic dishes on the table set

Picture 34 - For a modern and elegant table, a combination between white and blue.

Combination of white and blue on the table set

Picture 35 - Even that laid-back afternoon cafe, where people sit on the floor, can count on a beautiful table set to make the food more palatable.

Beautiful coffee table for afternoon coffee

Picture 36 - Table set for a dinner with fondue.

Table set for dinner with fondue

Image 37 - Table set for breakfast; notice that the dishes do not have to be the same, only harmonics between them.

Table set for breakfast

Picture 38 - And how about a plate with a message to make the occasion more relaxed?

Dish with message to table post

Picture 39 - Table set for a breakfast of two.

Table set for breakfast for two

Picture 40 - Notice the charm of this American game: it has a pocket to store the cutlery.

Charm of the American game with table set

Picture 41 - And for sushi? Mount the table with palm leaves.

Table set for sushi

Picture 42 - A simple table, with towel and white crockery, gains an extra charm with the natural leaves.

A simple table, with white tablecloth and tablecloths, gains an extra charm with the natural leaf branches

Picture 43 - With a table set like this no one will leave the house without coffee! A simple and inexpensive idea to value the moments of the day.

A simple idea for a desk

Image 44 - That aperitif with the traditional beer at the end of the day can also be served with a simple and practical table.

Simple and practical post table

Image 45 - Table set for appetizers and snacks; the theme of decoration are fruits and leaves.

Table set for snacks and snacks

Picture 46 - Instead of a towel covering the entire table, only one path was used in the center.

Instead of a towel covering the entire table, only one path was used in the center

Picture 47 - The right cutlery helps to get the food better; in this case, the serving glasses are indispensable.

Table set with forks for appetizers

Image 48 - Visual presentation of food is also important to complete the meal time.

Visual presentation of the table

Picture 49 - Chess tablecloth brings a relaxed atmosphere to the table.

Chess table cloth put on

Picture 50 - Breakfast simple, but valued by the beauty of the table put.

Simple breakfast for table set

Picture 51 - Table set for a romantic meal.

Table set for romantic meal

Image 52 - The glass table dispensed with the use of towels and other types of support for crockery and cutlery.

Glass table

Picture 53 - Napkin rings value the decoration of the table and can be easily made at home.

Napkin rings enhance table decoration

Picture 54 - Even without using all cutlery, keep the recommended position for each one in order to facilitate the use during the meal.

Incredible table set

Image 55 - Pineapples decorate this table post.

Pineapples decorate this table post

Image 56 - Modern and impeccable in the organization, this table posta brings even rib leaves of Adam to finish the decor.

Table set with Adam's rib

Image 57 - On plates, napkins and menus.

Napkins and menus on the dishes on the table set

Picture 58 - For each guest, a color of American game, but notice that all have the same format and print; in the center, an arrangement of vegetables.

One American color match for each guest

Image 59 - Brunch well served to fill the eyes and the palate.

Brunch well served for table set

Image 60 - Flower-shaped ceramic tableware dispensing others arrangements on the table.

Ceramic tableware in flower format dispenses other arrangements on the table set

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