A seating plan is important to avoid confusion or an awkward scramble to seats at the table. Your goal is to seat compatible guests together so that they may enjoy each other’s company. Here are a few simple tips to follow:
When there is only one table set, the host and hostess usually sit either at opposite ends or, occasionally, in the center of the table facing each other.
Additional seating considerations include:
The ranks of guests attending formal state dinners or other similar events are usually determined by the President or highest-ranking official of the host country. Typically the President or highest-ranking official would sit at the head of the table with the host or hostess to his or her left.
Try to seat guests in a manner that best encourages pleasant conversation. By arranging seating ahead of time you generally put your guests at ease because they know where the host would like them to be seated.
For the convenience of all of your guests, seat left- handed guests at the end of the table so as to avoid the “bumping of elbows” with his or her right-handed dinner partner.