Normally, we'd turn to Julia Child or James Beard for tips about Thanksgiving entertaining. But Morning Star Builders? Well, why not? Check out this post from the Houston home builder.

Setting the perfect table for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow these tips for proper placement of the plates, stemware and silverware.

Thanksgiving is only a week away and if you’re like most of us you’re already getting the house ready for the big day. Today’s modern floor plan has in many cases eliminated the formal dining room and replaced it with a less formal eating area in the main living area, usually opening into the kitchen. The open floor plan allows for an easier way to entertain and it also allows the host and hostess the opportunity to socialize with their guests while preparing the meal.

The less formal floor plan does not mean you have to forego a formal table setting. And while having sterling silver or bone china is certainly not a requirement, if you have them, the holidays are a perfect time to pull them out, just remember to polish anything that has tarnished.

Setting a holiday table is really no different than setting a regular table, there’s just usually a lot more on the table and if you’re using the good china and crystal there are certain rules to follow when using multiple serving pieces, dishes and stemware. A good rule of thumb is if you have the part of the meal that needs the utensil, then use it. If you aren’t having shrimp, don’t put the shrimp fork on the table.

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