Let's not pull any punches, folks. Setting a table is hard. Once you get beyond all of the etiquette stuff, like which fork goes where, there is style to consider.
has saved us all, once again, from home decor embarrassment.
Not only can you learn, simply, how to set a formal and casual table at Pottery Barn's mini-tutorial
, but they also have lists of special touches to really help make your table something special.
How about individual flower arrangements at every place? Or special music to set the mood of the party or event?
Be sure to click on the "more details" link on the Pottery Barn page
to learn more about the integral pieces to a proper table setting. You can also print out this page for a handy reference guide.
Pottery Barn . . . where style and etiquette unite.