One plate, one fork, one knife, and a spoon are typical pieces included in everyday table settings.
A drinking glass or cup for water, milk, etc… sits at the upper right side of your plate.
You will most likely encounter informal table settings at home, in restaurants and at informal parties and receptions.
To set formal table settings, start with an informal table setting then build from there, adding chargers or placemats, additional silverware for a multi-course meal, pretty glassware, your best dishes and a bread plate and butter spreader.
The most important tip I can give you doesn’t come from a store; it comes from your heart, and your own desire to preserve the traditions of dining together. If it’s only one night a year you are able to gather people at your table, let it be a special night. Be as formal or informal as you prefer without losing sight of how blessed you are to have people dining at your table.
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