Hosting A Dinner Party?

Whether you're the type to host a dinner party every weekend, or you're just now brushing up to be ready for Christmas, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the proper way to set a dinner table.

These days, there are no hard and fast rules about setting the table, and we have a few alternative dinner party place settings for you to consider.

The Proper Place Setting
If you're been invited to a fancy outing or trying to impress a dinner party guest who would be impressed by this sort of thing, here's a refresher on the traditional way to set up a place setting.
Picture the word “FORKS.” The order, left to right, is: F for Fork, O for the Plate (the shape!), K for Knives and S for Spoons. (Okay, you have to forget the R, but you get the idea!)  Knife blades always face the plate. The napkin goes to the left of the fork, or on the plate.

Cutlery Above the Plate:
This is a little more modern, and gives you more breathing room between place settings if you're trying to fit a few extra guests at a small table.
Everything Stacked Up Together:
Tuck your cutlery into a folded napkin and place it right in the center of the plate. Or, if you have both a salad and a dinner plate, place the napkin in between and rest the silverware on top.

Cutlery in Jars or Folded Napkins at the Center of the Table:
It's sort of family style, where everyone helps themselves to what they need. If you're after a more casual dinner party, this easy method is one way to get it. The jars are super cute and an easy find at Homessense. With fun napkins or napkins to match the occasion your be sure to set the tone.
Do you stick to a formal place setting for dinner parties, or do you choose one of the alternatives? Does that change for Thanksgiving or the holidays?

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