Table setting for Christmas dinner

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Setting a formal dining table for a Christmas party requires attention to detail and proper etiquette. Here are the steps to follow:

Start with a clean, crisp tablecloth that covers the table completely and hangs evenly on all sides.

Place a charger plate at each setting. This is a large decorative plate that sets the tone for the table and serves as a base for the other dishes.

Set the dinner plate on top of the charger plate. This plate will be used for the main course.

Place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate. This plate will be used for the salad course.

Place the bread and butter plate to the left of the dinner plate, with the butter knife laid across the top of the plate.

Add a soup bowl on top of the dinner plate, if you are serving soup as a first course.

Set the water glass to the right of the wine glass, and the wine glass to the right of the dinner plate.

Place the napkin on top of the charger plate, or folded and placed in the center of the dinner plate.

Add utensils, starting with the outermost utensils and working your way in. The salad fork should be placed to the left of the dinner plate, the dinner fork to the left of the salad fork, the knife to the right of the plate and the spoon to the right of the knife.

Set candles or flowers as a centerpiece, if desired, and make sure they are not obstructing the view of your guests.

Finally, check that all the table setting are aligned, and that the table looks polished and elegant.

Remember to use your best china, silverware and crystal glasses, the table should look sophisticated and elegant.

When selecting songs for a formal Christmas party, it’s important to choose a mix of classic holiday favorites and more contemporary songs to keep the atmosphere upbeat and festive. Here are some song ideas to consider:

“Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin
“Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
“Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
“Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra
“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Nat King Cole
You could also include some instrumental background music, like a Christmas Jazz or a Christmas classics album.

It’s also important to consider the length of your party and the number of guests you will have, you may want to have a longer playlist or a DJ to keep the music going all night long.

Finally, consider the age group and the taste of your guests, try to have a variety of songs that everyone can enjoy.

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