Not everyone sits down to a 4 course meal every night.... or ever @ home. But I found this @ Pier1.com and thought it might be helpful to pass on for holiday entertaining... one thing I have noticed about this time of the year is that many that don't entertain during the rest of the year have taken on the responsibility of hosting dinner! Don't worry its all about the planning...plan your meal, shop for it, plan extra time for the unexpected & have fun...
(don't for get to ask for help, something I need to work on ha ha)
The Everyday Casual table:
For an everyday meal, only set out the items you are actually going to use. This basic table setting is perfect for serving casseroles, take-out foods, pizza and more. Simply use a dinner plate, drinking glass or goblet goes to the upper right of the plate. Fork on the left, knife on the right. The napkin can be placed on the plate. Too easy!
The Casual Dinner table:
Perfect when serving family, guests or for home-holiday dinners. A salad or bread plate sits to the upper left, drinking glass or goblet to the upper right. We placed the folded napkin and fork to the left, and the knife and spoon to the right. This look is easy and casual – perfect for times when you just want to bring a little extra to the table.
The Casually Elegant table:
Sometimes you just want to go all out. The casually elegant table is perfect for dinner club parties, holiday gatherings or other special occasions. For this table, the dinner plate is topped with a salad plate and the napkin. A charger can be used beneath the dinner plate for extra color. A bread plate and butter knife are placed top left, while the dessert spoon and fork are placed to the top of the plate. The water goblet and wine glasses (if using) are placed to the right. Salad and dinner forks are placed to the left of the dinner plate, knife and soup spoon to the right.
Keep on Cooking!!