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Between now and Christmas we will have plenty of opportunities to host a dinner party – if not more than one.  So what is the proper way to set a table?  Well, it depends on what you’re going for!

Following are a few tutorials on how to set a proper dining table:

Standard Place Setting

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Using this guide as a place mat is a perfect aid to help teach your children how to set a proper table.  It includes everything you need for a weeknight meal without going to great extents.

Dinner Club

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This is a perfect example of a place setting you may use for something like a gourmet dinner club.  Without over-crowding the table so there is plenty of room for family-style serving, you have everything you need for an elegant dining experience.

A Night on the Town

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If you are looking for a more formal setting, reminiscent of a night out on the town, this is a good choice.  You will be prepared for multiple courses, including multiple glasses / stemware for changes in spirits to compliment each course of the meal.

Elegant Table Setting

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Pull out all the stops with this extremely elegant and formal table setting.  Fit for a queen, this diagram provides an exemplary table to impress, boasting your fine china and crystal.

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