No matter whether you're hosting a formal dinner or a casual family meal, how you set your table is important. When setting the table for a formal dinner, make sure to follow the set-up displayed below - especially if you are inviting that one guest who keeps a copy of Emily Post on her nightstand.
Other important things to consider for a successful dinner party:
1. Decide on a menu and how many guests you will be serving. After you'll be able to establish what dishes and utensils you will need.
2. If you are inviting a large group, or people who don't know each other, create a seating arrangement. Try to arrange guests logically. For example, you might seat shyer guests near those more adept at conversation. The host should sit closest to the kitchen. Traditionally, a single male guest is seated on the hostess's right, a female guest on the host's right.
3. Decide if you want to include a centerpiece. Make sure to check the height so as not to block those sitting across from one another.
Here are some great holiday tables for inspiration. For a formal dinner:
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Peace and Blessings,