Table Settings - Thanksgiving


NGC Handbook For Flower Shows 2007 pp. 215-222 (see Handbook for complete information)

Functional, for two or more persons

  1. Table exhibit planned and set for actual service of food, capable of functioning for dining as displayed. Convenience and a sense of order must prevail.
  2. The exhibit must always include a decorative unit (a floral design, with or without candles or other accessories). A container-grown plant alone is not a design.
  3. Typically includes dishes, beverage container/s, covering/s and napkin/s.
  4. Schedule may specify number or make-up of place settings, or allow designer to choose.
  5. Coordination of all components must be balanced within allotted space.

Capsule-Functional, for one person

  1. Functional table exhibit, restricted to one place setting.
  2. The exhibit must always include a decorative unit, but the schedule controls whether decorative unit is to be appropriate in size to the provided exhit space or an imagined full-sized table. Schedule must always provide dimensions.
  3. This table mode is applicable to very small tables and to a dining table class in a Home Show where table is divided into four sections cross-wise. One section for each exhibitor, using appointments for one diner and a decorative unit suitable for the allotted space or for the entire table, as determined by the schedule.



  1. An artistic arrangement of table components, within an alloted space, to provide a creative effect without consideration for functional placement. All components chosen must be suitable for use on a dining table.
  2. Schedule may not specify table components or their numbers, but exhibit should include components appropriate to manner of dining, class title and/or occasion.
  3. Exhibition Tables may be:
    1. Type I. Must include a decorative unit/s.
    2. Type II. May not include a decorative unit/s, but must include some plant material placed where needed to carry rhythm, repeat color/s and overall degree of formality.
  4. Within each class, schedule must specify Type I or Type II, as they are judged by different scales of points.


Examples of before and after at the 2012 Judges Workshop in Virginia.