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8 Ways to Set a Non-Stuffy Dinner Party Table

Because it's never too early to start planning Friendsgiving

The rules have always been the same: forks on the left, drinks on the right, conversation just slightly to the left of non-controversial.

Snooze.

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.)

Play Mismatch

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.

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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.