The right way to set the table, from simple to fancy

Nov 8, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET

A correctly set table not only looks beautiful, but helps your guests enjoy themselves. A properly set table will anticipate your guests' needs and provide them with the right tools to enjoy a meal, and isn't that really all any of us want when we entertain?

But as both mealtime and entertaining become less formal and more rushed than ever before, the proper way to set a table is quickly becoming a lost art. Here are a few diagrams to help you set the table like a pro for your next gathering.

Image: Karen Cox/SheKnows

Image: Karen Cox/SheKnows

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