Elevating Table Settings for Memorable Events

By Caitlynd Davison, Aerlume Event Director

In event planning, the details matter, especially when it comes to table settings. Whether arranging tables for a reception or a boardroom meeting, the table’s aesthetics play a pivotal role in leaving a lasting impression. Here, we offer tips to ensure that every table inspires your guests.

Tailored Visual Narratives

Your table setup should mirror the event’s core themes. From glassware to napkin folds, every element should tell a story. Guests can anticipate the evening’s experience just by observing the table. Consider these tips to convey the right message:

Embrace Simple Elegance

Sometimes, less is more. While extravagant napkin folds and towering centerpieces have their place, simplicity often reigns supreme. Prioritize the company and cuisine, making them the focal points. Ensure each guest has a uniform setting that clearly conveys the meal ahead. Think essentials and minimalism, such as standard napkin folds like rectangles or French pleats.

Intentional Décor

Enhance your statement with thoughtful decorations to create a personalized atmosphere. Focus on table decorations, such as floral arrangements, artwork, candles, or even books. Remember that guests should have a clear view of each other and ample space for their meals.

Floral Finesse

Floral arrangements are a popular choice, capable of unifying the entire table. When selecting blooms, align them with your table’s narrative and keep them at a height that complements the setting. Remember that decorations should enhance, not overwhelm, the dining experience.

Personalized Touch
Elevate the experience further with personalized touches, like custom menus. Seeing a “happy birthday” or “congratulations” banner on the menu adds a special touch, making guests feel valued and cherished.

No matter the story you wish to convey, we are here to help you translate it into a visually stunning table setting. Your table can set the tone for a memorable event, leaving your guests eager to take their seats.

El Gaucho Hospitality Event Directors

Aerlume – Caitlynd Davison, cdavison@aerlumeseattle.com
AQUA by El Gaucho – Kristina Thorne, kthorne@elgaucho.com
El Gaucho Bellevue – Whitney Twede, wtwede@elgaucho.com
El Gaucho Portland – Greg Dills, gdills@elgaucho.com
El Gaucho Seattle – Kristina Thorne, kthorne@elgaucho.com
El Gaucho Tacoma – Merica Oscan, mocsan@elgaucho.com
El Gaucho Vancouver – Kate Carr, kcarr@elgaucho.com
Witness Tree – Kate Carr, kcarr@elgaucho.com