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I grew up with a mom who hated being stuck in the kitchen during holidays. She preferred to visit instead of doing dishes after a holiday meal. So, for most of my life when my mom hosted Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner we ate on plastic formed plates (no paper, it was the holiday after all), we drank from matching plastic cups, and wiped our mouths on folded paper towels (always coordinated for the holiday with some type of cute design.)
Now I will give my mom credit for one thing. We always used actual flatware. She didn't make us eat with plastic forks, knives and spoons.
I laugh when I think about it because I am nothing like my mom.
When I host Christmas dinner, the table is one of the centerpieces of the meal. And, I love to set the table exactly the way it should be, with each piece where it is suppose to be and beautifully spaced.
To help you set a pretty table, I have a diagram below on where each piece will go.
And, just for giggles and grins, here is a photo of one of my favorite table settings: