Formal Table Setting Rules and When To Break Them

Do you know the basic dos and don'ts of table setting?
The idea behind formal table settings is not just to show off your silver. You're looking to create a gracious setting, but also one that takes your guests' convenience into consideration. As early as 1902, proper table setting was a concern. Many hostesses consulted "Mrs. Seely's Cook-Book: A Manual of French and American Cookery with Chapters on Domestic Servants, Their Rights and Duties and Many other Details of Household Management," for the proper placement of china, silver, crystal and linens. The order she recommended is still observed today.
View the slideshow above to discover how to properly set the table.
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