The importance of setting your table well for a dinner with friends or family can’t be underestimated. It adds something special to your meal and for that night at least, it’s an extension of your home decor so you want it to look great!
Depending on how many courses and potentially what you’re serving will determine how you lay the table. If you’re going for a more traditional starter, main and dessert affair then a dinner plate in the centre of the setting topped with a smaller plate / bowl with forks to the left and knives and spoons to the right. Order cutlery in the order it will be used from the outside in to make it easy for your guests.
If you’re having sharing platters where people help themselves, you might want to add smaller plates across the table, plenty of serving utensils and a choice of forks and spoons for people to choose what’s best for them depending on their food choice.