There are many things you must learn once you have a home of your own. Hosting, an aptitude that perfects with practice, is among the most rewarding skills you can acquire. In my interest  to learn how to properly host a dinner, I realized how important it is to instinctively know how to set up a table. I quickly searched for the answer online and found many ways to achieve this, so I chose two of the formats that best fitted a typical American home. I find it useful to look at something graphic, so I prepared these little instructional collages to share with those of you who would like to improve your table-setting skills. You’re welcome.

Every day / Informal table setting


Placing your napkin on the left side of your plate ia also perfectly acceptable.

TIP: Gold dipped flatware is the new trend in dining. You can find this set and many others at West elm for a very reasonable price.

Formal dining table setting


During the dessert course, the cup and saucer are brought out, and the dessert plate replaces the service plate, of course.

LIKE IF YOU FOUND THIS USEFUL! We want to see how you set your beautiful table, so hashtag #bitmellow when you Instagram your  table-setting skills!