Setting The Perfect Lunch Table
Lunch is a great way to get things accomplished. You can conduct a business meeting over a well prepared lunch or just catch up with friends. For this reason, we’ve had a little fun with our lunch preparation article. Because lunch can be used to accomplish any goal and your menu options are limitless, we’ve decided to provide you with some unique luncheon ideas and link you to more of our fun patterns. So go ahead and read along. With us, you’re sure to have the best luncheon around!
Unlike the rigidity associated with formal dinners and high tea, lunch is the perfect time to take it easy, chat with friends, or use your lunch as a business meeting. When planning for your luncheon, be sure to consider the following: tone, time, guest list, menu, and table settings.
What is the purpose of your lunch? Are you having friends over for a quiet conversation filled with delightful baked goodies? Maybe you are planning a business meeting and want to serve light snacks, sandwiches, and drinks. Maybe you are meeting with your spouse to discuss plans for the future. Whatever your plans are, lunch is a great way to ensure that you get things done but have fun while doing it. The first thing that you should do in planning the perfect lunch is to set your tone. This is when you establish the goals of your lunch and it is from this that you will glean the other aspects of your event, including time and guest list.
It goes without saying that lunch is served in the middle of the day. So why even have this section in the article? Well, the answer is to make sure that your guests have this information clearly communicated to them. This is especially important to business engagements. Make sure that your guests are aware of what time to meet for your special luncheon event.
After you have established your tone and set the time for your luncheon, then it is time to prepare a guest list. It is in this step that you will decide who will need to be at your event. Is this a meeting for your ladies auxiliary from your church? Will this be a meeting of the minds involving colleagues from work? Maybe you are just planning for you and your family to have sit-down conversation time. Whatever the case may be, it always helps to prepare a guest list. As stated before, guest lists help you prepare the menu and plan for enough place settings. Make sure that you list everyone who needs to attend. After you have established your tone, time, and guest list, then it is time to start sending out invitations. If this is a family event, then a note left on the refrigerator may be all that you need to get everyone to attend. On the other hand, if this is a formal business meeting, make sure to send emails or memos to everyone who will be invited. Clearly communicate the time, location, and purpose of your luncheon.
After you have taken care of the many administrative duties associated with planning a luncheon event, then it is time to have a little fun. Begin by planning your menu. As previously stated, luncheons can be formal or informal and the options for your menu are limitless. While planning your menu, keep in mind your guest list and your tone. It may not be the best idea to serve large amounts of alcohol while going over business. In fact you might need a dose of caffeine. If this is the case, then plan to have a variety of soft drinks, teas, and coffees available to your colleagues. In this day and age, we are all involved in the battle of the bulge in trying to keep our waistlines down. Why not have some fun with this idea and consider serving from Fitz and Floyd’s scandalous “ Thin Is In” and “ Fat Is Beautiful” patterns. These unique designs poke fun at one of our biggest concerns. “Fat is Beautiful” might be especially pertinent if you are serving steaks, fattening pastas, or fried dishes. Likewise, you and your guests may find it humorous to serve light foods from Fitz and Floyd’s “Thin Is In.” Another great suggestion is to use fish moitif dishes when serving fish entrees. Consider using patterns like Yamazaki’s “ Gone Fishing,” Lenox’s “ Riverwood,” and Mikasa’s “ Fish and Shell – Blue.” Each of these add flair to preparing the menu. Additionally, if you are serving children, then consider using patterns like Wedgwood’s “ Thomas the Tank,” Lenox’s “ Gentle Friends,” or Portmeirion’s “ Enchanted Garden.” These designs are entertaining for children and fun for adults, alike. Surfing the net is a great way to come across unique recipe ideas. Have fun with the menu and keep you guests in mind!
The final step in preparing for your luncheon is to set the perfect table. Again, anything goes at lunchtime! You can be as formal or as informal as you would like. Tablecloths are not necessary but make a nice statement. Remember to always coordinate your linens with your china, floral arrangements, and any other accessories that will be placed on the table. Then place your china following the standard luncheon place setting. Finally, add any floral arrangement to the center of the table. Should you need any help along the way, then please feel free to give us a call. We are always here to make suggestions on how to improve your luncheon event. Give us a call at 1-800-REPLACE (1-800-737-5223). Our phone lines are open from 8am - 10pm ET, 7 days!