Whether people are sitting down to an intimate dinner for two, a daily family meal or a large gathering of friends, the first item people will notice is the table setting. It needs to be warm and inviting, and it must also match the décor of the room for people to feel welcome and comfortable. If pieces do not match, they will fail to enhance the taste of the food or the camaraderie of the diners. Presenting a beautiful dining room and table is an art many homemakers have practiced for years.
Few people will argue that everyday dishes need to be easy to replace, and this is because families have small children. Modern families often choose plastic dishes to help their children learn how to eat in a formal setting without worrying about fragile plates or cups. As children become able to handle complex tasks, it is time to begin using china. Some families have an everyday set of fine bone china for their table, and they have a different set for special occasions and holidays.
Many tables are made to look beautiful with silverware that complements the dish set, and some of these sets can be highly embellished. A set of English fine bone china is a rare treat in today’s world, and many of these sets have been kept in families for generations. Matching silverware is generally handed down with them, and there is no need to look further than the food for table decoration.
Meals are only eaten a few times a day, and many families have a fine porcelain bowl to decorate their table between meals. If a home contains a formal dining room as well as an eat-in kitchen, this bowl may be used for decoration throughout most of the year. Elegantly glazed, many of these bowls contain designs that enhance the room as a whole. Some of them hold fruit shapes made of wood as a decorative touch, but others contain items such as drained ostrich eggs for a unique focal point.