Tricks of the Trade: Table Setting

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As a little girl, there was nothing I loved more than setting the table. Whether it was just a normal Tuesday night dinner with my siblings and parents, or a fancier occasion with family friends, I busted out all the stops. I’d pick flowers from our garden, put out wine glasses, make place cards–you name it, I did it.

Fast forward several years later, and I still love a good, classy table setting. Since I don’t usually have fancy dinner parties at home (we only have a total of four chairs and aren’t the best cooks in the world), I tend to keep it pretty casual with a few special touches. See below for what I mean.

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My first rule of table setting is try to color coordinate and keep things consistent (but let’s be real, that applies to pretty much everything I do). The gold in the glasses compliments the straw placemats, as well as the bit of wood on our cutting board.

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The second rule is to always have a centerpiece. This really doesn’t have to be anything too fancy; practical is just as good. Right now, I’m loving the look of a chic cutting board with salt and pepper shakers, a small bouquet and some wine.

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The third and final rule is to know the real rules. The fork is always on the left, knife on the right, and salad plate on top.

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Hope this inspires you to throw a dinner party soon!

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