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By now you may have gotten the idea that I really like this book. For someone like me, who has been entertaining for more years than I care to admit, there wasn't a whole lot new here. But that didn't keep me from absolutely falling in love with the book, the lovely pictures, the clever table setting ideas, and the reminder that revering dining seems to have flown out the window beginning somewhere back in the 90s, and definitely needs to return!
If, like me, you would like to see the appreciation for beautiful dining, and Sunday dinners make a come back, then you can join that effort by buying as many copies of this book as possible, and dispersing it amongst your family and friends. Yes, I like this book just that much. In addition to making a great stocking stuffer for the holidays, it would also make a cute and thoughtful hostess gift either on its own, or stuffed into a basket of goodies.
How to Set a Table will guide you through the selection of your dining pieces, how to put all of it together, and then set a variety of lovely tables from a formal dining table, to a breakfast bar, coffee table, picnic table, bistro table, console, and even a serving tray. The breakfast in bed and teatime trays charmed me, and served as a reminder, that we probably don't enjoy small things like breakfast in bed and afternoon tea as much as we ought to.
For a small book, it is an excellent resource, providing information on dinnerware basics such as the types of plates and when to use them, various types of glassware and their proper usage, flatware essentials, information on linens and napkins, as well as a few useful napkin folds.
There are nice layouts in the book directing you on how to set a formal table, mixing and matching, introducing heirlooms to your table settings, and adding lovely finishing touches like candlelight, fresh flowers, and greenery.
The photos throughout will assist and guide you. The information is attractively presented, easy to read, and completely inspiring. A quotation at the beginning of the book from Virginia Woolf really says it all, "one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
You are going to want to get this book -- one copy for yourself, and as many as you can carry for family and friends. Highly recommended.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
I like how it covers many different situations - different types of picnics, breakfasts, suppers, formal dinners, festivities, movie nights, making guests feel at home. However each of these pages is one small page each of a few paragraphs each - this is just very basic and quick information.
Personally I wish it had more information than it does. It really just touches on things. Maybe I expected more because of other books, I have read, as mentioned above, that have. However it does have it's place, as a quick pick up reference.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however all opinions are entirely my own.
I am sad to say I did not find many pros to this book. Other then the first chapter of labeling the different parts of the table, this book had no clear directions. To me, it looked more like a scrapbook taken out of magazines. The table settings did not have a back story, or any direction to it. Some of the ideas and suggestions in the text did not match the photographs. I have to say not only did I not learn much from this book, but it is not one I would not recommend.
I found it to be very confusing and with no direction.
I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All reviews are mine and were in no way influenced by outside sources. I am a professional blogger at LittleLadyPlays
Ash is taking a bunch of "Life Skills" classes this year. Baking, car maintenance, home budget management, and the list goes on. So I thought how cute it would be to review this book so we could make our table very pretty.
I really did like this book. It went through the basics of cutlery and plates needed and types of materials they are made from. Now, when I say basics I mean the very basics. I know there are more than four types of plates or even five settings of silverware. But this is a great book for the every day person.
I may never sit at a meal that has multiple courses and even use something as crazy as an asparagus fork. Truth is I am just a regular person... and that is who this book is for. I loved all the little ideas of how to re-use what you have. How to incorporate patterns, the use of patterns, and especially linen napkins! ( I personally think that is something that should be brought back!)
Just putting in the effort to make whoever you are with feel extra special. That is what it is all about. Thank you to Blogging for Books for this copy, in exchange for my honest review.
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