They say hindsight is 20/20, if only we knew then what we know now.  A statement that keeps on giving.

When asked, “What is the one piece of advice I would tell young and new event professionals?” A TON of responses come to mind when I look back to my own start in the field, the pivotal moments and all the trial and errors I have experienced.  However, no matter if you are into corporate events or wedding planning, there is still one skill I believe crosses-over and at some point affects every event professional.

In this two-part video series, I share my top pieces of advice and discuss the number one skill I accept as required of all event professionals.

Yep that’s right, I 100 % stand behind the need for all event professionals to master basic table setting skills…first! When it comes to hosting guests, a properly set table is sure to impress and set the tone for an amazing dining experience.  How to set a table used to be common knowledge, but with the fast-paced world and evolution of event design you will find this mistake commonly missed by planners. It is nothing like being amazed by a beautifully designed room shot, then the close-up images of the table show flatware sets out of order and stemware all over the place.

Before learning about table linen sizes and formal table settings, go back to the basics! Test it out in your home with your families, no matter how casual, then go out and produce stunning designs. The key is determine what’s needed for the table setting ahead of all the planned activities. For instance, if there will a toast given, include champagne glasses for the guests…in the correct order of course.

One of my favorite resources to master proper table setting skills are found in references from The Emily Post Institute.

Happy table setting!

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