An attractive and simply arranged lunch table ensures your guests, students or co-workers feast to their fill and delight. Sometimes the lunch time hour causes unnecessary nervousness for the host. Don\'t fret. For many, this daily necessity is quick and short. Therefore, it\'s important to be practical and expect for an easy clean-up from the start. At the same time, a little creativity shows that you care. Provide a mid-day escape for your company. Give the table setting some modest flare, enough to encourage easy and pleasant conversation. Remember to keep the mood both light and fun.
Create a cheerful centerpiece. Take a handful of fresh, bright colored flowers. Cut stems to desired length, preferably in water, to prevent dryness and wilting. Place cut flowers into a clear, glass vase. Mix and match the flowers for a rugged and spontaneous look. Sprinkle a few petals throughout the table. If you don\'t have flowers handy, step outside and pick a handful of twigs and pine cones. Place these items into a clear, glass vase as well.
Place each guest\'s napkin into a clear drinking glass. A more formal lunch table look requires you to roll up the napkins into napkin rings or tie them with ribbons. Place outstanding napkins into the bread basket. If you find yourself with a variety of different colored napkins, then all the better. Keep the look fun and easygoing. Cover unpleasing tabletops with inexpensive tablecloths.
Arrange your tableware in a neat manner. For every guest, stack lunch plates according to priority. The soup plate sits at the very top. Place the napkin on the outer left side of the plate and the fork on the inner left side. The knife must sit on the inner, right side of the plate, followed by the tea spoon and the soup spoon. Position the bread and butter plate as well as the butter knife above the dinner fork. Finally, place both the wine and water glass above the dinner knife and spoons. Make sure the drinking glasses are aligned with the butter plate.