Being a young 20-something, I will be the first to admit that I'm not the greatest at cooking or baking (I'm working on it). But if there is one thing I know how to do, it's set a proper table. Growing up, my parents stressed the importance of a properly set table, which I of course thought was terribly annoying. Now, I find those skills invaluable. There is nothing more beautiful than a well-set table, and I have to admit I'm slightly disappointed when I attend a dinner party and the table is a hot mess.
Now that it's the holiday season, I know many people are hosting one if not multiple holiday parties, dinners, brunches, etc. Besides the food, drinks and guests invited, presentation is one of the most important aspects. Even if your event is totally casual, it's still nice for things to look good, and a well-set table is a great place to start.
While I was on my way to making my own table setting diagram, I stumbled upon two fantastic ones from The Classy Woman. In her post, she gives a few general guidelines of etiquette to follow that will make you seem like an expert (even if you're not!). Remember, you don't need to be the queen of England, but try to be as polite and well-mannered as possible. Here are two diagrams (both informal and formal) that are an easy guide to setting a classic table.
Casual Place Setting -- photo via The Classy Women
Formal Place Setting -- photo via The Classy Women
I hope these guides are helpful in your future hosting days. Of course, you can be as elaborate as you choose, or just stick to the basics. Regardless, a well-set table is nothing without great company! So be sure to enjoy your family and friends this season, especially during your fabulous parties!