ART OF THE TABLE
Preparing a table is an art in its own right. Its success depends on an ensemble of small details in the harmony and range of decorative elements: from the tablecloth to the tableware, to the arrangement of the cutlery and glasses appropriate for each dish, the floral compositions and the choice of table napkins …
The art of entertaining also entails many other facets: an aesthetic table composition, the welcome you extend to the guests, the convenience of the layout, the smooth service, the tone and ambience given to the evening, good manners and appropriate behaviour in all situations.
Preparing the table can be extremely time consuming when receiving friends and family, or for a one-time event. Its success is therefore a match between the style you have chosen and your personality; as a woman knows how to be elegant, so the dressing of the table necessitates a number of subtle niceties.
Nowadays, talking about good education, good manners or good citizenship can seem archaic, old-fashioned and dusty. And yet, it is fundamental! Especially in a society like ours, which has gradually forgotten some of these values. Knowing how to conduct yourself socially makes for a better atmosphere, encourages exchanges, discourages disagreements and allows everyone to feel respected.
Learn how to adopt an appropriate attitude in any situation by applying behaviour based on respect and courtesy.
Good manners, courtesy, civility and even etiquette form the basis of the respect that is indispensable to any formal event, public or private. Decency, which is necessary for intra-personal relations, knows no legal formality, but failure to respect it can result in a social sanction which, in most cases, leads to ridicule.
- Organising a reception, or event
- Understanding the codes and rules of courtesy
- Cultivating good manners and politeness
- Mastering the art of the table for various occasions (Christmas, baptisms, weddings, anniversaries and other festive gatherings)