Book Review: How to Set A Table

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I was so happy to receive a review copy of this petite, pretty book called How to Set A Table. I don’t get to have sit down dinner parties with full place settings much anymore, but once-upon-a-time I loved having nice, grown-up dinner parties. I used to set up a table with real candles, schnapps glasses for toasting, linens napkins and the whole kit and kaboodle. Now that my kids are getting a bit bigger, maybe we can start to have some family-style sit down dinners with real place settings and linens and try to teach some true manners to these little minions and show the kids a nice dinner with style at home!

Personally, I was excited for a basic table etiquette review when I received this book and I was  hoping for some modern, situational entertaining suggestions also. Well, I was not disappointed and I was very happy to find many useful recommendations for how to host guests for all sorts of occasions. For example, there are suggestions for how to considerately prep for a picnic in the park, date night, movie night, seasonal suggestions for seated dinner parties and much more. I also really enjoyed the suggestions and the detailed illustrations for attractive ways to fold linen napkins.

This tiny book also has an illustrated guide that identifies many pieces of dinnerware, flatware, glasses and types of table linens. It also explains how to use them properly which I found very useful for dinnerware like soup tureens, gravy boats and highball glasses that don’t get taken down from the cabinets on a regular basis anymore in my house.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the basics of classic table etiquette and wants to learn, this book is a wonderful guide to you started. It’s a small book so it won’t take up much room on the bookshelf and it would make a perfect stocking stuffer or small gift for Christmas!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my review.


  1. wow! could I use this book. I never know how to set the table properly and have never taken the time to learn. My husband and I always argue about where the knife should go and in which direction! Very practical book!

  2. David, it had some really cute suggestions for so many occasions! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I remember your post and it looked like your meal turned out fantastic! Thank you, Cheri!

  4. What fun! As you can guess, I love setting a beautiful table…

  5. How fun Marcelle, the book sounds like a great little book to give some great tips. Great review of the product. I am sure some people will find this very helpful. Merry Christmas.

  6. Great review Marcelle, just a week ago I was wondering if I had the table set right for my guests, usually I don't care but I wanted to make the right impression;)

  7. This will be perfect for anyone who loves to entertain guests at home. Thanks for the review, Marcelle.

  8. Sounds like a fun read! And I know what you mean about those things that don't get used that often — I have way too many of those!

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