To maintain cultural elements when serving guests a Chinese dinner, begin with a round table, which is the traditional dining table in China. Square plates and round bowls signify the earth and sky. Flowers and centrepieces are not a part of the Chinese table. Instead, an artful presentation of the food itself is used for decoration. Serve a simple menu of homemade or takeout Chinese food for an elegant taste of the Far East.
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Things you need
- Round table
- Red or white linen tablecloth and napkins
- Square plates
- Small round bowls
- Square serving plates
Cover the table with a red or white linen tablecloth. Place a rolled red or white napkin at the right edge of each individual table setting.
Place a square plate in the centre of each setting.
Place a small round bowl above the right top edge of the square plate.
Place the chopsticks between the napkin and square plate.
Position the filled square serving plates in the centre of the table, creating a square arrangement.
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