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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Interlock Cutlery as Place Settings (chateauandbungalow.wordpress.com)
- Proper Table Setting (little-jewels.org)
- Celebrating The Art Of Place Setting All For A Good Cause (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
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