Ettiquette 101: The Proper Way to Set the Dinner Table

Setting the perfect dinner table involves more than just laying out the proper utensils. A good host will also consider the aesthetic details of the process as well. Here are some great tips for setting an inviting and beautiful dinner table.

Add Color: Placemats and chargers are an excellent way to add color and excitement to your dinner table.

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A Little Fragrance: Flowered centerpieces are both eye- and nose-catching but take care not to make them too high or too aromatic. 

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Use Multiple China Sets: Contrasting dinnerware is an easy way to add complexity to the décor of your dinner table. The look should result in an eclectic feel that is definitely going to be a great icebreaker at the start of your dinner party.

Place the Silverware Properly: Forks on the left, knives and spoons on the right. Also, be aware of which glasses to use for water, red and white wines.

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We carry a large variety of napkins, place mats, aprons, cookbooks, and glassware that would be great for any home. For information about the best ways to set your dinner table or for other home design ideas, visit us at the Paul Michael Company website or join us on Facebook. We’d love to share with you the latest trends and styles.

2 Comments on Ettiquette 101: The Proper Way to Set the Dinner Table

  1. Teresa Boseman
    June 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I lived in Monroe, La. most of my life. I shopped at Paul Michaels a lot. Loved the store. I moved to Ohio a year ago. There is no store even close to Paul Michaels. I got online hoping I could order from the store online. But to my disappointment I can not. Will the store ever consider going online with their beautiful items? I miss you…

    • paulmichaelhome
      June 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm (4 years ago)

      I have great news for you, Teresa! We are in the process of getting our product online right now. Keep checking back with us for more information!

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