Video: How To Set a Table 3 Ways

A beautiful holiday meal starts with a beautiful holiday table. Bed Bath & Beyond serves up ideas for setting the seasonal scene, whether you’re planning a formal dinner, a more casual party, or a bea
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Are you hosting for the holidays this year? We've got three great ideas for serving up a beautiful holiday meal! Hi, I'm Julie from Bed Bath & Beyond. Hosting for the holidays is a lot of fun, no matter how you do it. There's no better time than the holiday season to bring out the good china, whether you register for twelve place settings or inherited grandma's best, this is the meal to showcase it. To set a formal table, you'll want to start with a table cloth. It sets the tone for a fancy meal. The next key to a formal table is using chargers. These oversized platters create a frame for your dishes and add a pop of color. Stack the dishes based on the courses you'll be serving with the first course on top. Here we have- dinner plate, salad plate and soup bowl. Next, add your silverware. Remember a trick to which goes where from left to right is the forks. F is for fork, O are oval,a plate, R is to the right, K is knife, S is spoon. Remember your water glasses and wine glasses. It's another excuse to use your best, like these crystal glasses, for extra sparkle and panache. Add a beautiful centerpiece with fresh flowers, candles, or both. The formal table can definitely use some bling. If you're thinking of something a little more casual, you can use your everyday dishes and turn up the festive holiday atmosphere with color and accents. For our Thanksgiving table here, we've used seasonal gourds, candles, and lots of autumn colors to give the table a holiday feel. No special dishes required here, just the regular everyday plates you use and a cute placemat, and suddenly it's a whole different table! Plain dishes are really versatile for dressing up or down. If you've got a crowd to feed, you might want a buffet. It's also ideal for a late night party or for a brunch, like our New Year's table here. The buffet looks best when you've got lots of different heights. Tiered platters and stacked serving pieces work great. You can also cheat by wrapping boxes or piling things up as we've done here, just make sure everything's stable. The varying heights will show all the abundance of your buffet. It's a good idea to plan your buffet ahead of it but choosing serving pieces for each dish and arranging them on the buffet. Add a label to each one so you remember what you intended it for, and don't forget to include trivets for your hot dishes. Whether you pick formal, casual or buffet, you can have a lot of fun planning your beautiful holiday table.

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