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Amaze Your Guests at a Formal Dinner: Tips to Set the Table and Must-Have Tableware for Singaporean Delights

May 3, 2023 Chastine Kurt Petines

Are you planning a swanky dinner party and want to wow your friends? Setting the table right can make all the difference in a business dinner or a special event. From fancy tableware to mouth-watering Singaporean dishes, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know to set the table for a stylish dinner.

Table Setting Fundamentals

First, let's cover the basics of setting the table for a sophisticated dinner. Here's what you need:

  1. Tablecloth 
    A tablecloth is vital for any stylish table setting. Pick one that goes well with your tableware and fits your table size.
  2. Dinner Plates
    The dinner plate is the centrepiece of your table setting. Place it in the middle of each set, about an inch from the table's edge.
  3. Salad Plates
    If you're serving a salad course, put a smaller plate on the dinner plate.
  4. Bread Plates
    Place a tiny bread plate above the forks on the left-hand side of the table setting.
  5. Napkins
    Fold napkins and put them on the dinner plate or the left-hand side of the table setting, next to the forks.
  6. Cutlery
    Arrange cutlery in the order it will be used from the outside. Place forks on the left, with the dessert fork at the top. Position knives on the right, with the blade facing the plate. Put spoons to the right of the knives.
  7. Glassware
    Put the water glass above the knife on the right-hand side of the setting. Place the wine glass to the right of the water glass if the meal has wine.

Essential Tableware for a Posh Dinner

The perfect tableware can make any dinner party sparkle. Here are the items to that a dining set must have:


Choose dinnerware that is both stylish and practical. Opt for a timeless white or ivory colour that will enhance any dish.


Invest in top-quality cutlery that will stand the test of time. Pick a classic design with sleek lines and a shiny finish.


Crystal glassware can add a touch of elegance to your table setting. Select a set of wine glasses and water glasses that complement the rest of your tableware.

Serving Dishes

Attractive serving dishes can make a significant impact when presenting your food. Choose a set of elegant serving platters, bowls, and dishes to display your dishes in the best light.

Singaporean Cuisine for a Posh Dinner

Singaporean cuisine blends Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western influences. Here are some dishes that are perfect for a sophisticated dinner:

  • Char Kuay Teow
    Char Kuay Teow is a delicious stir-fried noodle dish in Singapore's hawker centres. This dish consists of flat rice noodles stir-fried with egg, soy sauce, bean sprouts, and Chinese sausage. It's often topped with fresh cockles, shrimp, and crispy lardons.
  • Laksa
    Laksa is a famous spicy noodle soup in Singapore. It is made with coconut milk broth, shrimp, and rice noodles.
  • Wonton Mee
    Wonton Mee is a well-loved Cantonese dish made of egg noodles, wantons (dumplings filled with pork or shrimp), and char siu (barbecued pork) slices. The dish is typically served dry, with soup and chilli sauce.
  • Chilli Crab
    Chilli crab is a Singaporean delicacy that will impress your guests. It is made with crab cooked in a tomato-based chilli sauce.
  • Beef Rendang
    Beef rendang is a spicy Indonesian dish that is popular in Singapore. It consists of beef, particularly tenderloin, and a special sauce containing rich coconut milk.
  • Nasi Lemak
    Nasi Lemak is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves, served with fried chicken, ikan bilis, peanuts, cucumber, and sambal chilli.
  • Satay
    Satay is a popular street food in Singapore. It consists of skewered meat, usually chicken or beef, grilled over charcoal and served with peanut sauce.

Set Your Swanky Dinner with Table Matters!

Setting the table for a posh dinner may seem daunting, but it can be a breeze with the right tips and tableware. Table Matters provides high-quality and stylish products that can elevate any table setting. In addition, your guests will be impressed with Singaporean dishes. So go ahead and host the perfect stylish dinner with ease.

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