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Erik Rank

Formal Dinner

The primary difference between a formal luncheon and formal dinner setting is the increased number of glasses for red wine and champagne. Notice the glasses are arranged over the knife in the order in which they are to be used: water, white wine, red wine, champagne. Also, the fish fork moves to the left of the plate. Candlesticks may be present on the table since the candles will be lit. The coffee cups and spoons will all be brought to the table after dinner, when coffee is served. Place cards reinforce the fact that this is a well-planned, organized event.

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

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