Select perfect place settings that fit the occasion

Summer gatherings and outdoor living present many opportunities for planning social get-togethers.  Whether it is a backyard barbecue, outdoor wedding or a lazy afternoon lunch with friends, it is always a good idea to select perfect place settings that fit the occasion.Place Settings for Every Occasion

Woven raffia, wicker or jute place mats work great for casual lunch and outdoor gatherings while gingham, ticking stripes or polka dots make guests feel at home for a breakfast setting.  Of course, break out the good stuff for more formal affairs or, bright and festive looks which are great for children’s parties and impromptu events.Informal Place Setting by "Dinner Series"

Sometimes in our haste to entertain, we forget what goes where in a formal and informal place setting. Photographer Dinner Series has provided us with a cheat-sheet photo for handy reference.  By the way, “Dinner Series” has an amazing array of food photography on his Flickr site.  Give it a look-see.formal place setting

For more grand affairs that include multiple food courses, the following formal place setting example is a handy reference for your consideration compliments of Creative Commons.

Golden Carved-Wood Place Mat
$95 –

Passementerie Place Mats
$46 –

Each Napkin Ring
$30 –

Four Courtly Check Coasters
$24 –

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