follow Today's Creative Blog on Pinterest

How To Set your Formal and Informal Table

Do you host Thanksgiving? We do……EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.

As much as I enjoy it, there are moments I’m ready to just have someone else do it.

How to Set Your Formal and Informal Table

I do like setting the table though. Are you a formal table setting or informal table setting kind of girl?  If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, I’m sure you already know I’m a complete INFORMAL kind of table setter.  Heck…I’d place all the utensils in a jar if I could. I am SO not a formal person in any way…….shape or form. So when it comes time to getting the table ready, I have a small panic attack wondering if I have it somewhat “proper”.  And really, if you light enough candles, and serve enough wine, does it really matter?

I found these diagrams all over the internet and found it pretty helpful. How to set your formal and informal table |

I do remember…LONG ago attending a fancy schmancy dinner with my friend Valerie.  My friend Valerie LOVES formal.  In fact in high school she’d pick me up for a movie wearing a velveteen blazer (it was the late 70′s people) and I’d be in jeans and a sweatshirt.  It’s still pretty much the same when we get together, except we’ve updated our wardrobe. She even tried taking me to High Tea once in Victoria at the Empress Hotel…..Anywhoo…….this dinner……I sat down and I had never seen so many pieces of silverware! What in the heck was that fork at the top of my plate for? Needless to say I was thrilled when I learned it was for dessert! And thankfully she was sitting next to me to whisper to me what to use when. True story.

Setting your table

Looking at this table setting above couldn’t be more informal… don’t even get a spoon……they didn’t need it, so why put it out, right?  I still think it’s cute and thought I’d share it anyway. It’s not a Thanksgiving table, but any other time of year would be fun.

Setting your table

My friend Marianne from Songbird knows the difference. This is gorgeous! Great idea for Thanksgiving.



I LOVE LOVE LOVE simple and I love this centerpiece.  I must replicate this for my table this year. Jenny from Everyday Occasions has GREAT ideas too!


setting your table

Amy from The Idea Room brings simplicity AND style to this informal setting. Can you believe she made those napkins and placemats from drop cloths?  She’s brilliant. She also made the centerpiece from molding pieces.

I’ve got a few table ideas over on my new site, InspirationDIY.  While you’re there, please submit any of your latest projects!


Tell me…….are you a formal or informal table setting kind of girl? (or boy)