Brighten up Mom's Breakfast Setting: A Beginner's Guide to Table Setting

Updated: May 19, 2020

Mother’s Day is here! Even though this is the one official day for celebrating mothers, we can celebrate them 365 days a year!

The simplest gestures can go a long way to brighten up their day! Small attention to details really help. Special table setting, floral arrangements or even fresh pancakes can help bring a smile to your mother.

Essentials for a table setting:

  • Serving plates + serving cutlery

  • Dinner plates

  • Flatware – knives, forks, and spoons

  • Glassware – beverage glasses (include wine glasses for parents!)

  • Linens - a runner or tablecloth, napkins (helps elevate the look of the table)

  • Placemats (protects table or tablecloth from stains/food spills)

  • Coasters (prevents moisture from staying on the table)

Drink up

When serving beverages, use a pitcher and place it on its own coaster or trivet - a side plate can be used here. It prevents any liquid spillage onto your beautiful linens. Elevate your ordinary water by serving it in a glass pitcher and adding lemon and cucumber; it’s super refreshing and keeps you hydrated without the calories!

Making it Mason

You can use mason jars as beverage glasses! It adds a hint of rustic feel to your table. They’re widely available and come in many different sizes; check out or at your local dollar store. If you don’t have mason jars lying around the house, look for empty candle, jam or pasta sauce jars - they work just as well! The mason jars are so versatile and can be used as centrepieces for a unique setting! Fill the jars with some water and pop in a tea light candle. The candles will float and add a romantic feeling to your table’s look. You can spruce it up with dried florals, like pampas grass or eucalyptus branches - they can be faux or real from your local garden centre or florist!

At Your Service

All dishes served should be in their own serving plates or bowls, depending on what they are. Ensure to always include serving cutlery with them, to ease serving onto your own plates. They can be placed right next to or inside the serving plates.

What Flowers are For

To truly add that extra elevated table setting, include a floral arrangement in a vase. Not only does it add levels and volumes to the table, but having flowers in your home uplifts your spirits! It’s not an essential piece to your table, though it is a wonderful extra that acts as a sign of affection for everyone around the table.

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