How To: Arrange casual and formal place settings

Arrange casual and formal place settings

Lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly shares tips for setting the table for a dinner party, either casual or more formal. For a casual dinner party he recommends using only a water glass and a non-specific wine glass. The plate goes in the center with a napkin in a ring placed on top of the plate. Two knives are placed to the right of the plate and two forks to the left.

For a more elaborate setting he recommends four glasses - a champagne flute, two types of wine glasses, and the water glass. The silverware is arranged from the outside in, according to the course they will be used for. The bread plate is above or to the right of the fork. The coffee cup and saucer are above the plate, with the dessert fork to the left and the coffee spoon to the right.

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