Table Setting Guide for Thanksgiving Dinner


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Thanksgiving dinner is a special time to bring your family and friends together to give thanks and rejoice around a shared meal. From the turkey to the stuffing, food is just one part of your meal. The second part is your table setting. Check out this great table setting guide for a Thanksgiving dinner that will help you create the overall mood and environment for your festive dinner.

Basic Table Setting

Your basic table setting will include a plate, knife, fork, and napkins. The bread and butter knives are optional for most basic table settings. When you place the knife in your setting, the blade always face the place. The napkin traditionally goes to the left of the fork or on the plate. Spoons go to the right of the plate and outside of the knife facing inward.

Informal Table Setting

This table setting is suitable for the soup course, salad, entree, or dessert setting. It includes a dinner and salad plate, two forks, napkin, dinner knife, a spoon and glassware. Optional add ons can be a bread plate, butter knife, coffee cup and saucer.

Grace your table with a beautiful Johnson Brothers Friendly Village 28-Piece Set for your setting.

Formal Table Setting

Depending on your environment, you may want to coordinate a formal table setting. This option is suitable for entrees, salad, fish course, soup, or appetizer. You will want to have a service and butter plate, dinner and salad fork, dinner and salad knife, soup spoon, butter knife, glassware, and napkin.

Here is a Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set that works perfectly for a formal table setting.

Additional Options

Your table setting is just one part of your table. Don’t forget your accessories. From white pumpkins to Christmas lights, there are many decor elements you can add onto your table. From a table runner to wooden logs with candles inside them, these accessories are just another way to create a festive theme for your guests.


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