Table Settings: Etiquette and Inspiration

As seen July 9, 2009 in the Washington Post

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After two decades of watching and helping my mother set the table in the dining room,

I grew to love making a beautiful table setting.

Table Settings

If there is ever any confusion as to how to set the table Emily Post is always a good source to check.

How to layout a place setting

This is the diagram for a three-course meal. Post calls this the “informal setting” but it works as formal at my house.

Emily Post informal settingDirections for how to set the table

In case the Queen is coming use this one instead…


formal table settings

Table Settings Inspiration for Entertaining

I chose the Herend Chinese Bouquet in Raspberry for my china and my sister chose it in green.

Herend Chinese Bouquet The plates need to match perfectly, I use a mix of chargers, first course, salad and desert plates.

I was given antique desert plates from England for a wedding gift, which are a wonderful addition.

Table SettingsIf your pattern is more bold and contemporary then adding a colorful band to an ordinary white tablecloth gives it some additional flair.

fall table place settings

Tabletop outdoorA more contemporary pattern that I think is pretty is from Thomas Goode in London.

If you haven’t been and love china put it on your list for next time you are there.

Thomas Goode London ChinaMixing colored glasses is another way to add dimension to a table.

Place SettingsI absolutely love plates with dragons on them. The Meissen Ming Dragons are my favorite.

Meissen Ming Dragon

Meissen dragonA few more of my favorites are those from Anna Weatherley

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Anna Weatherly

Do you love china too? What do you set with?

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a variety of inspirational table settings for entertaining.

Also, check out Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Backporch!

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Photo Credits: Southern Accents (1,6,7) , Emily Post (2,3),  Scully & Scully (4,10,11,12), Charlotte Moss (5), via coco cozy (9), Thomas Goode (8,13)

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