An Informal Table Setting

There is something really appealing about a formally set table.  But let’s face it.  Most in-home dining experiences call for a more casual setting.  However, casual doesn’t have to mean boring or, worse, uncivilized.  Just because dinner with our closest friends doesn’t call for a stiff, formal setting, shouldn’t we still practice a little decorum?  Here’s a basic diagram for a simple, informal table setting:

Informal Table Setting

Use this informal table setting as your starting point, and go from there.  For ideas on how to dress up a table that’s informal yet still fun and festive, check out the pictures on the Hostess’ post here.

And here is a collection of table setting ideas from parties we’ve thrown recently!

Happy Entertaining!


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