The rules have always been the same: forks on the left, drinks on the right, conversation just slightly to the left of non-controversial.
Here, the eight best ways to switch it up in time for the holiday season.
Skip the tablecloth
Use brown butcher paper as a placemat for a rustic look with effortless cleanup. (Got a permanent marker? The mat can double as a placecard.)
Don’t own a complete china set? No problem. Stack different and non-matching plates and bowls.
Forget Ironing and Starching
Place a folded (OK, wrinkly) linen napkin between a full-sized dish and a salad plate.
Cutlery Can Go On the Same Side of the Plate
Who needs two forks, anyway?
Or Above the Dishes
For a more modern look.
Or in a Jar in the Middle of the Table
Everybody grab a spoon.
Don't fret over matching wine glasses
Mix and match like the eclectic lady you are.
And don't worry about fancy centerpieces
A sprig from the garden is all you need.