Today many people do not consider how they will seat their guests or family at the table for gatherings and meals. Years ago,this was something that no one thought about not doing as it was considered proper etiquette. Many believed this helped to make guests and family members feel more comfortable.
Standard seating etiquette is quite simple. You should think about the guests you will be having and then proceed with the seating arrangement. Young children are usually seated at one table and the adults at another. Difficult children might do best sitting next to a parent.
Babies in high chairs are usually placed at the end or corner of the table next to a parent.
The host and hostess are usually placed at each end of the table. If you have more than one table, then the hostess would sit at one table and the host at the other table.
Lefties should be placed on a corner so they can be more comfortable.
Couples should be split up to encourage discussion and interacting but this is really a decision the hostess needs to put thought into since she knows them best. If you are going to seat a couple together and have a round table they should be seated next to each other and at a rectangular table they should be seated across from one another. If the couple has an older child, then he or she is fine to sit next to one of the parents.
Take into consideration those who may not get along too well and seat them accordingly instead of next to each other which will only make for them to feel uncomfortable. Also take into consideration if anyone is hard of hearing and who they are likely to converse more with and seat them closer to each other.
Its really all about everyone enjoying themselves and feeling comfortable in your home and at the table. Take some time to think about the best possible seating arrangements for those members in your family.
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