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How to Set a Formal Dinner Table: Before the First Course: "Once you realize table setting is based on logic, things become less intimidating," says etiquette consultant Pamela Hillings, author of "Manners in a Minute: Dining." For example, you begin eating a meal by using the flatware at the outside left and right, and then work toward the plate as the meal proceeds. Stemware is set above and to the right of the dinner plate; bread-and-butter plates sit above the plate and to the left....
How to Set a Dinner Party Properly | 21 Incredibly Important Diagrams To Help You Get Through Life
Dining etiquette that never gets old. A pretty useful diagram that will come in handy during the most unexpected moments.
I love that people are still paying attention to this. While its not such an everyday thing for me to set a table exactly to these standards, I still set a formal table for holidays. This seems to be a forgotten tradition that can make any table, even if its not set with bone china, silver cutlery, and crystal, feel a little fancier.