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Formal Lunch

For a formal luncheon, the table is set much as for dinner with a few exceptions. The presence of an iced teaspoon and iced beverage glass announce a daytime event. The lack of candlesticks, too, is appropriate for a daylight meal.

Stemware is limited to a water goblet and a wine goblet. Old etiquette books dictated that the flatware should align at the bottom of the handle. Looser customs now allow you to arrange them in a graceful angle, if you prefer.

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Tablecloth: Sferra, Gracious Home
 Napkin: Private collection
 Flatware: Vera Wang, Waterford/Wedgwood
 Fish fork, iced teaspoon: Private Collection
 Stemware: Waterford
 China: Lenox

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