Gearing up for a fancy dinner party? Make it easy on yourself by paying attention to these few simple rules of etiquette.
For starters, setting the table according to the diagram below. (Just click the image to see the full-size diagram.) Then, remember to "work your way in" with the utensils. Start with the outermost forks and spoons for the first courses and work your way in to the utensils closest to your dinner plate as the meal progresses.
Make your guests feel comfortable. This is obvious, of course, but how do you do it? By anticipating guests' needs. In addition to the date, time, and location of your party, make note of the dress code so that guests know the expectations up front. And while you don't have to create individual dishes for each guest,consider asking if anyone has any dietary restrictions or allergies; then, make sure you serve something everyone can eat.
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