Hot Table Preparation Posts

How To: Fold a rose napkin

David Neilson of Monteiths Bar shows a simple way to fold a rose napkin in this how-to video. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions given out in a delightful Scottish accent to replicate this fancy napkin fold. Add a little bit of class or ornamentation to a table setting. Watch this video table preparation tutorial and learn how to fold a napkin into a rose shape. Fold a rose napkin.

How To: Shred a ribbon

Judy of A-BnC Parties and More, Inc. demonstrates two methods to show you how to shred ribbons. For the first, she uses a wide curling ribbon, scissors, and a shredding tool. This how-to video is helpful in decorating, bow making, finishing gift baskets, putting final touches on wrapped presents, etc.

How To: Fold napkins in decorative ways

Well fret not, frantic dinner party hosts! In this video series, learn how to fold napkins in a variety of fancy, fun, elegant and eclectic ways. Our expert will show you step-by-step napkin folding techniques that’ll you can learn in a few minutes. No guests have arrived yet, so with 20 minutes to spare, watch a few video clips and get some good housekeeping tips on how to liven up your place settings. Remember: it’s the details that count. A specially-folded napkin is sure to add that je ne...

How To: Set a place setting for a casual dinner

Lifestyle expert Hal Owen teaches us the correct way to set a table place setting. 1. Place the "charger" plate in the middle of the place setting. This is the plate on which you will place all of the other plates. 2. Place your "dinner plate" in the middle of the "charger". 3. Place your "soup plate" in the middle of the "dinner plate". 4. Place your fork on the left of the plate and your dinner knife and spoon on the right, with the soup spoon on the outside. 5. Place your dessert fork and ...

How To: Make decorative napkin rings from shower curtain rings

The beauty of home crafting projects is in transforming old junk into something you can use. Host Heather's how-to video shows how to make quick and easy napkin rings to add a little bit of flair to the table. You will need plastic shower curtain rings, clippers, ribbon, rhinestones or any other embellishments, and a hot glue gun. Find out how to make quick and easy napkin rings from old plastic shower curtain rings by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Arrange casual and formal place settings

Lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly shares tips for setting the table for a dinner party, either casual or more formal. For a casual dinner party he recommends using only a water glass and a non-specific wine glass. The plate goes in the center with a napkin in a ring placed on top of the plate. Two knives are placed to the right of the plate and two forks to the left.

How To: Make a DIY poker themed party centerpiece for cheap

This video is a demonstration by A-BnC parties on the making DIY poker theme centerpiece. This is a rather simple do-it yourself video. The start of video lists a couple of materials needed to make the centerpiece like over sized playing cards, play paper money, power chips, card stock, shish kabob sticks, optional sun glasses and a just add sand centerpiece. The optional things required are glue and scissors to make changes to the materials and to stick them together. Following this video on...

How To: Place a table setting

Follow these simple steps and learn the fundamentals of setting a perfect table for your next dinner party. This video is an easy guide to setting a formal table. Your forks always go on the left side, the salad fork on the outside, the dinner fork closest to the plate. Remember to always work from the outside to the inside. Your knife goes on the right hand side, with the blade pointing inward towards the plate. if you are serving soup, your spoon goes directly next to your knife. Your desse...

How To: Fold a fan napkin

David Neilson of Monteiths Bar shows a simple way to fold a fan napkin in this how-to video. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions given out in a delightful Scottish accent to replicate this fancy napkin fold. Add a little bit of class or ornamentation to a table setting. Watch this video table preparation tutorial and learn how to fold a napkin fan-style. Fold a fan napkin.

How To: Fold a dinner napkin like a candle

Paper napkins add an element of class to any restaurant or dinner party. In this video, learn how to fold your party napkins into a cool candle shape in less than 60 seconds. Your napkins will be so nice that no one will want to unfold them! So, follow this tutorial and set your next dinner table like a fine dining restaurant and class up the joint!

How To: Seat dinner guests

The intricate machinations behind a successful dinner party. This is the guide to seating a dinner party of guests. This etiquette video will make you the ultimate host or hostess. Follow Chow's lead to fine party throwing.

How To: Make metallic paper poofs or flowers for a centerpiece

This two part video tutorial teaches you how to make metallic paper poofs which can be used to camouflage the Styrofoam® base of your centerpiece. The poofs, or flowers, also add color and excitement to your finished product. Metallic paper reflects light and comes in deeper tones that tissue paper. Use these flowers for all kinds of centerpieces: bar or bat mitzvah, wedding and engagement, birthday, sports theme, retirement, anniversaries, corporate events, etc.

How To: Do a formal table setting

In this video series, our expert in home decor will demonstrate how to set a formal table setting. You will learn how to place the dinner and salad plates, where the dinner fork, knife and dessert spoon will go, and even where to place the wine and water glasses.

How To: Set up a formal dinner place setting

Ever wonder which side of the plate to put a fork? This video will show you piece-by-piece how to create a formal place setting for two different meal sizes. This is useful if you are hosting a fancy dinner, or are just having friends over for a nice meal. Some people even enjoy having a formal setting on their dining room table all the time.

How To: Set a table for a dinner party

In this tutorial, we learn how to set a table for a dinner party. On the left side of the plate should be your forks. First will be the tiny fork, then salad fork, then dinner fork. On the right side will be spoons. The soup spoon, dinner spoon, and knife. At the top should be a coffee spoon and a dessert fork. There should be three glasses, a water glass, a wine glass, and a red wine glass. For the plate, you will have a round dinner plate, salad plate, then votive candle on top. Underneath ...

How To: Pour wine and champagne to their proper levels

The art drink pouring is something every bartender has mastered. But bartenders aren't the only ones required to have that perfect pouring touch. Caterers, waiters and waitresses need to know the precision of the pour when it comes time for refills. Check this video out to learn the proper levels for pouring champagne, red wine and white wine into their respective glassware.

How To: Make Santa suit candle votives for Christmas decor

Debra Hardy provides detailed instructions on how to make darling decorative Santa soy votive candles in this video. She first cuts the red felt into 6 3/4 inch by 2 inch strips for the Santa suit, wraps it around and adheres it to the bottom of the glass votive. Next, she secures a smaller strip of the white faux fur on top of the red felt also towards the bottom of the candle to create the bottom of Santa's jacket. Debra then instructs the viewer to cut a 6 3/4 inch by 1/4 inch black felt s...