How to Set a Proper Dinner Table

How to Set a Proper Dinner Table

Any dinner guest can confirm this to be true: The table creates the atmosphere. The food might be the heart and soul of a dining engagement, but without the right table settings, the entire event will be off. Table settings are a craft in and of themselves. The type of event, the significance and the number of guests you are serving all define the appropriate table settings. Understanding the intricacies of this process is a really big deal in the entertainment business, even if we are just talking about a family dinner.

When it comes to hosting a dinner party, the right dinnerware means everything. The plates on the table do a whole lot more than simply allow you to serve food. They showcase your personality, your level of creativity and your care about the guests you are receiving. Putting together a strong table setting comes down to a few basic elements: the right dinnerware and a couple of creative ideas to get you started.


serape place setting guide


The Essential Equipment

To set the table you need dishes, and not just any old dish will do. When you are sitting home alone, ready for a night of watching TV as you eat, a plastic plate might do just fine. But when the in-laws come by or you agree to host your boss and her husband for dinner, you are going to have to be ready for something with a bit more class.

Matching flatware, coordinating glasses and plates, salad plates and dessert plates as needed — these are the very basics of table setting. Remember, coordination is just as important as having the materials. If all of your forks are different or if your plates don’t match, it is going to disturb the entire appearance of your table. Keep a set of classy dishes around for just such an occasion.

Once you have the materials, get ready to put them in the right place. Use a tablecloth to create a warm atmosphere and to present a clean and distinguished table. Set plates in a single stack in front of every chair. Make sure that the table settings are not too close to one another. There should be at least 10 inches between every guest to allow for ample elbow room.

When the plates are down, set up your table around them. Forks go on the left, and knives and spoons on the right. You can place a napkin beneath the cutlery, or go the extra step and create a napkin fold, something similar to origami, which really adds an extra element of elegance to the table. Water glasses should always be present, even if you are going to serve wine. Providing both glasses will give your guests the option of which beverage they’d prefer and prevent any unwanted pressure. If you are going to serve a salad or appetizer course, set the table with the additional plates or bowls. The smaller plate should be set in the center of the dinner dish.

HF Coors dinnerware sets are a great way to start creating a well-designed table. The brightly colored plates of the Serape line can be mixed and matched with one another to create a festive design, and you can coordinate the plates and bowls to match the mugs and even decorative pieces for the center of the table. Or you can add color through your tablecloth and push the focus onto the food with the always classy and all-white “American White”made in Tucson, Arizona USA by HF Coors.

Finally, the last element to achieve an amazing dinner table is the centerpiece. Don’t overlook this most basic yet essential component. A small vase of flowers or a scentless candle are both great choices. If your table is long rather than round, consider multiple small decorative pieces rather than one large item.

Put some time into your table arrangements before sending out your next dinner invitation. You may be surprised to realize how much of an impact a well-designed table can have.

Dinnerware Manufacturing: Repairing a 200 Foot Long Tunnel Kiln

Dinnerware Manufacturing: Repairing a 200 Foot Long Tunnel Kiln

“Hands on!” in all we do. HF Coors not only manufactures dinnerware from scratch, we maintain and repair our equipment ourselves.
Mike is 100 feet inside the kiln…repairing damage from a “kiln wreck”. HF Coors uses this gas kiln to fire ceramics at 2,335 degrees. Thank goodness we turned it off for Mike!      Please click on video shown below.


How is HF Coors Dinnerware Different?

How is HF Coors Dinnerware Different?

  •  Every piece of HF Coors dinnerware is manufactured 100% in the USA.
    (We do NOT purchase or decorate pieces that were created in other countries-some of which create and ship toxic dinnerware to the USA.)
    All of HF Coors dinnerware is manufactured under one roof – in one factory in Tucson, Arizona. Therefore, we have complete control over what goes into our dinnerware and what does not.
  • HF Coors sources its materials from the USA. We do not use lead in our clay or glaze
  • HF Coors dinnerware has NO LEAD in it.
  • HF Coors dinnerware passes CA Prop 65 regulations in addition to FDA regulation
  • HF Coors mixes its own clay, from the powder up
  • HF Coors mixes its own glazes, from the powder up.
  • HF Coors craftspeople have been carving master molds, creating production molds, hand-finishing dinnerware pieces, glazing and artistically hand painting dishes for more than 90 years.
  • HF Coors “high fires” its dinnerware at temperatures higher than most other ceramic dinnerware manufactures. HF Coors 2,335 degree firing temperature provides you with these benefits:
    1. Vitrified, non-porous dinnerware that resists cracking, or “crazing” over the years.
    2. Highly chip-resistant dinnerware made to withstand repeated, rigorous uses in the restaurant industry. We call it “busboy proof”!
      You can rest assured that, as HF Coors dinnerware lasts years and years in commercial/restaurant use, it will last generations in your home.
  • HF Coors beautiful AND practical dinnerware is:
    1. Microwave safe
    2. Freezer-to-oven-to-table safe.
    3. Broiler and oven safe with no temperature limit.
      You can broil, cook, bake at any temperature you like, with dinnerware made by HF Coors. Then serve your culinary creation, on the same HF Coors piece you cooked it on, straight to the table.  Beautiful and practical!
    4. Dishwasher safe
CEO, Dirck Schou, Welcomes You to HF Coors Blog

CEO, Dirck Schou, Welcomes You to HF Coors Blog

Manufacturing beautiful, functional art in America, is what this blog is about: primarily about HF Coors, a small pottery; a commercial, restaurant and household ceramics company; one of only a handful left in America; perhaps the smallest, but also more versatile than the others. This blog will illuminate the amazing skills, talents, and creativity of my wonderful associates; the tremendous amount of material science and process engineering we practice each hour to turn clay into beautiful, functional, long-lasting works of art, at real value for the money. There will be many stories about our awesome customer-cheerleaders, what we learn from them, the joy of getting to know them and serving them. An estimated 95+% of our materials and supplies are made in the USA by our trusting, reliable American suppliers; much will also be said about them. You cannot get much more “Made In the USA” than our company! I believe in HF Coors. We believe in American Manufacturing. This will be my writing, my experiences, my thoughts, my feelings, my beliefs…as well as entries from my associates and various publications… all bringing the best of HF Coors to you and your home.
Dirck Schou, President and CEO.