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The bride's guide to setting the dinner table

Now that we've covered the basics of hosting a dinner party, it seems only appropriate to discuss the building of a tablescape. Your table setting sets the mood for the event and should thus be in keeping with the intended level of formality. You should keep in mind that presentation is key, no matter how casual the affair. When building a tablescape, you'll work your way from the bottom, up. By setting the table ahead of time, you save yourself the stress of doing so after your guests arrive, and you create an artful ambience for friends to admire as soon as they enter the room. Though the creation of a tablescape can seem intimidating for the non-design inclined, so long as you have your tabletop basics to work with and an eye for moderation, it's really a cinch. Plus we've mapped out all the details you'll need below–even down to flatware placement. 

 

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