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How to set the table for casual and formal gatherings


Last updated 12/30/2016 at Noon

Place settings can be used for casual dining as well as for more formal occasions. Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock photo

Hosts have a lot on their plates when planning dinner parties. Choosing the menu is a big responsibility, as is taking steps to ensure guests feel welcome.

One area novice hosts may overlook is how to set a proper table. Eating on the go or quickly between commitments means individuals often grab meals wherever they can, and that rarely leads them to the dining room table. But a properly set table can impress guests and improve the ambiance at a dinner party.

Begin by choosing a matching set of dinnerware. You will need to invest in extra dinnerware if you do not have enough items to acco...

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