How To Set a Table: Illustrated Guide to Casual & Formal Entertaining

Your Holiday Table Setting Cheat Sheet!

Creating a great table setting means that every item has a place and a purpose. These easy to follow place setting diagrams will impress friends and family at your next dinner party. | Pulte Homes

Creating a great table setting means that every item has a place and a purpose. These easy to follow place setting diagrams will impress friends and family at your next dinner party. | Pulte Homes

Formal Table Setting Etiquette - Step-by-step formal table setting guide - great diagrams depicting settings for all courses.

Formal Table Setting Etiquette - Step-by-step formal table setting guide - great diagrams depicting settings for all courses.

Martha weigns in on the proper way to set a formal table.  Includes a nice numbered diagram that breaks down placement, glasses, and cutlery.  Martha Stewart Living, November 2012.

Formal Table Setting

Martha weigns in on the proper way to set a formal table. Includes a nice numbered diagram that breaks down placement, glasses, and cutlery. Martha Stewart Living, November 2012.

French place setting diagram (commentaries in English here. There is a similar pin but in French elsewhere on this cuisine board.)

Setting the table, à la Française

French place setting diagram (commentaries in English here. There is a similar pin but in French elsewhere on this cuisine board.)

Traditional Formal Place Setting-  Generally, you follow utensil placement in order from the one farthest from the plate and work your way inward.

Traditional Formal Place Setting- Generally, you follow utensil placement in order from the one farthest from the plate and work your way inward.

Table settings....I always get confused on how to set a table correctly. So great for dinner parties to have this chart!

Table settings....I always get confused on how to set a table correctly. So great for dinner parties to have this chart!

I LOVE dinner tables set like this!!! It's still important people to lay a table properly and I really don't see it that often.

Decorating Cheat Sheets

I LOVE dinner tables set like this!!! It's still important people to lay a table properly and I really don't see it that often.

A notable list of American Gilded Age, high society guest, that were invited to the Christmas dinner at Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC - December, 25th, c.1895. Hosted by  the owner of Biltmore, Mr. George W. Vanderbilt. ~ Pictured here: A table seating chart with the names of the invited guest, and where they will be seated around the Christmas dining table. ~ {cwlyons} ~ (Original image via: Smithsonian).

A notable list of American Gilded Age, high society guest, that were invited to the Christmas dinner at Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC - December, 25th, c.1895. Hosted by the owner of Biltmore, Mr. George W. Vanderbilt. ~ Pictured here: A table seating chart with the names of the invited guest, and where they will be seated around the Christmas dining table. ~ {cwlyons} ~ (Original image via: Smithsonian).

Use this handy Table Setting Cheat Sheet to remind you where everything goes on the table!

How to Host Thanksgiving Like a Pro, Menu and All

Use this handy Table Setting Cheat Sheet to remind you where everything goes on the table!

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