Planning a romantic evening? A Sunday brunch with family and friends? A fancy dinner party for colleagues? No matter what the occasion, you will want to wow your guests with a classy display. Here are some simple steps on how to set a table that will bring out the hostess in everyone!

1. Casual Setting

This type of setting is perfect for a Sunday brunch, informal family dinner, or even a outdoor barbecue where wine and conversation flow naturally. A laid-back dining style works for anything from takeout to fried chicken to a homestyle Italian meal.

Plates: An entree plate should generally suffice for an informal setting. However, if you are serving soup or salad, you can always creatively layer additional pieces for something fun and colourful.

Stemware: Wine or beer glasses should be set to the right of the plate, at about 1:00. Water or iced tea or lemonade glasses/tumblers should sit above these and slightly to the left.

Flatware: The knife should go to the right of the plate, followed by the dinner spoon. Place your fork to the left of the plate. Don’t forget additional utensils for soup, appetizers, and salads if needed.

Napkins: Feel free to take creative liberty on this one…under the fork or dinner plate, hanging gracefully over the table, tied with a sprig of herbs or placed in a cute napkin ring.. possibilities are endless!


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