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There’s a time and a place for dessert spoons laid with precision. But frankly, we’re of the opinion that it needn’t be your wedding. On the contrary, our tabletop obsession du jour is actually breezy, casual and entirely un-traditional.

Say hello to the trend we’re affectionately dubbing “silverware bouquets.”

Comprised of only the essentials (fork, knife and spoon), tied with ribbon and displayed in a whimsical fan, this cutlery presentation has been popping up at chic receptions everywhere, echoing the overall shift toward less-stuffy yet still thoughtfully designed affairs.

Whether flanking your dinner plate or laid atop a napkin, there’s no denying that this trick makes for a 50-times-prettier place setting. (Just maybe cover your bases and give Great Aunt Mildred a warning beforehand.)

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