By Anna Post
The holidays are a time when we gather around the table--a table we sometimes have questions about how to set. Check out all the details about how to set a table at The Emily Post Institute website, or take a look at this everyday table setting video my sister, Lizzie Post, made:
A few other table setting tips:
- Only set out utensils you plan on having your guests use (no soup, no soup spoon)
- Clear away anything from the table you won't need for dessert, such as salt and pepper
- When passing food, offer left, then pass right (it's okay to take a roll for yourself before handing off the basket!)
Ultimately, I think enjoying each others' company is the most important focus of the day, but a well-set table certainly does make a lovely backdrop. It also shows guests that the occasion, and their presence, is special enough to warrant some effort.
That being said, Emily Post once said something to the effect of, "I really don't care what fork you use," to which I would only add, "I just hope you use one if gravy is involved."