Beautiful Table Settings with Blue and White Dishes

The dining table is the most important element in any dining area. It is not only the spot where you eat meals but also a spot to gather, relax and entertain. Set the table with elegant blue and white dishes to create a beautiful and functional space for your next formal event.

What Are Blue and White Dishes?

The blue and white collection at Williams Sonoma includes all the dishes you'll need to enjoy a formal meal, like dinner plates, appetizer plates, bowls and mugs. Some are plain and others patterned. Each dish in the collection is finished in crisp white, calming blue or a combination of these two colors.

Setting a Formal Dinner Table

Setting the table for a special occasion dinner is different than setting the table for everyday meals. There is a certain procedure to follow to ensure all the dishes are properly positioned.

  • Start by setting a blue and white dinner plate at each place setting.
  • If you'll be serving soup or salad before the main meal, the dish for this course should sit on top of the dinner plate.
  • Next, lay out the dinner flatware. Forks belong to the left of the plate and knives and spoons to the right. Make sure the bottom of the cutlery aligns with the bottom of the dinner plate.
  • Dessert flatware should be placed horizontally along the top of the dinner plate. This may be a dessert spoon, dessert fork or both depending on what will be served.
  • The napkin should be placed to the left of the dinner forks. If you're using patterned dishes, keep it simple with a crisp white napkin.
  • Place a blue and white appetizer plate above and to the left of the dinner plate. If you are serving bread, you should also include a small knife for spreading butter.
  • Finally, place a water glass at each place setting. Glasses should sit above and to the right of the dinner plate. If you are serving wine with dinner, the wine glass can be placed next to the water glass.
  • To avoid a cluttered look, bring out the coffee mugs and saucers along with the dessert course.

Complete the Look with Blue and White Table Accessories

Within the blue and white collection are also many gorgeous accessories that coordinate perfectly with the dishes.

  • Soft blue and white tablecloths act as the perfect backdrop for your place settings while also protecting the dining table from spills. Blue and white placemats can also be used instead of a full tablecloth for a more casual look.
  • Blue and white candle holders can be placed in the middle of the table to create a simple yet elegant centerpiece.
  • Coordinating your serving bowls and platters with the main dinnerware is a great way to tie the whole look together.

Host a fancy dinner party at home for your friends and family with a gorgeous set of blue and white dishes. Pairing blue with white creates a striking contrast that is incredibly pleasing to the eye. With a properly set table and this lovely dishware, your dinner table will transform into an elegant and inviting entertaining space.

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