Table Setting 101: Why All These Forkin’ Forks!


Remember Downton Abbey and how poor Mr. Molesley would spend all afternoon polishing utensils to set the table with a dozen pieces of silverware at each place setting? You were really “somebody” if you used a different fork for your salad and entree! Alas, times have changed. Today, most of us eat like the poor peasants (Lady Mary shudders!) of yesteryear, setting our tables at home with one fork, one spoon, and one knife for the entire meal. Which is why most of us have forgotten how to prepare a proper formal table setting for special occasions!

Formal Table Setting Is My Specialty!

Not all of the events I orchestrate use a formal table setting, but many do. Can you say #dishwashingnightmare?! If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a formal and informal table setting, check out this delightful infographic from wedding enthusiast Naomi Shaw.

Table Setting 101: Why All These Forkin' Forks! — The Party Goddess

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Article contributor Naomi Shaw is a freelance journalist residing in sunny Southern California with her husband and three children. She is a work-at-home mom that enjoys writing on fashion, beauty, jewelry, and interior design. She loves to garden, craft, and revamp furniture, making it look very much her own. @naomijshaw 

What’s your favorite way to set the table for a special occasion? Let us know in the comments below!


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