When it comes to all things etiquette, we tend to lean on the advice of etiquette-extraordinaire Emily Post. From laying out table settings to drafting the perfect thank you card or learning to be a gracious host, Emily has an easy way of making those complicated traditions and lessons on etiquette so simple.

Enjoy her simple guide to Table Settings below. Just in time for Holiday Entertaining!

Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems. The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use; that is, from the outside in. A second rule, with only a few exceptions, is: Forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right. And finally, only set the table with utensils you will use. No soup; no soup spoon.

But the ultimate question is: What kind of setting do you want to create?

Basic Table Setting:

Informal Table Setting:

Formal Table Setting:

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