Sit Down Meals : Setup

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Setup instructions for formal sit down meal service and tableside service preparation

Equipment List

Table Service Set Up Instructions

Basic Setup

Always review your event notes for specific table setting instructions. Also use the mock table setup as a guide for how all guests tables are to be set. Your lead should setup a mock table at the beginning of the event setup to assist you.

Table Placement

Linen Placement

Crease should all face the same way, 12:00-6:00.  Lead will determine this.

Linens should hang evenly on each side of table and fit tables as

  1. 48” round table = 108” round linen
  2. 54” round table = 108” round linen
  3. 60” round table = 120” round linen
  4. 72” round table = 132” round linen
  5. 6’ or 8’ buffet table = 2-3 85” x 85” linen
  6. 54” x 120” linens used for silent auction tables

Chair Placement


Coffee Cup

Place right side up with handle at 5:00

Salt and pepper

Sugar and Creamer

NOTE: Cream and sugar are usually placed prior to dessert or for coffee service.  Placement is based on the available table space at that point.

Napkin and Centerpiece

Napkin: Fold based on event notes, same with placement

Bread and Butter Plate

Refer to event notes and mock table

Water & Wine Glasses

Soup and Dessert Utensils

Final Table Setup

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