Food? Check. Drinks? Check. Table setting? Almost. While a simple plate, fork, spoon and knife set-up may do the job, if you really want to impress your dinner guests, take the extra time to set a formal dining room table. Before you feel the need to start shopping around for an oyster fork, we’ve outlined the three main table settings—basic, informal and formal—for you to choose from based on your style and dinner plan.

We’ve also included some fun table-setting trivia so you can spend your meal impressing guests after setting the perfect tablescape. Bon Appétit!



Ultimately, good food and good company make for the best dinner parties. Bring together your table setting with a fabulous bouquet. From rustic to elegant, a floral centerpiece can set the tone for your meal.



1, 2 (utensils change how food tastes), 3 4, 5 (history of spoons, forks, knives), 6 (toasting), 7 (forks), 8 (spoons), 9 (bitterness and salt)

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