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How should a dining room table be set up when not in use?

We've got a "great room" kind of set-up, so the kitchen, dining room, and living room are all connected.

When I am not getting ready for dinner, what is the appropriate way the dining room table should be set up? Table cloth? Place mats? Full settings?

Thanks!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A runner on the table with a large vase of fresh flowers is very eye catching. In winter even a dried display is appealing. I would also suggest that you keep your table shaded from the sun if it is near a window, as this can cause a lot of havoc on most tables except glass.

  • 1 decade ago

    Either just bare, or with a tablecloth(not your best one) to protect it if people are likely to set things down on it outside of dinner time. Some people put a doily or something with maybe a candelabra in the centre, just for looks. That would be for a formal dining table. If this is the one you use every day, you can do anything you like up to and including setting the table ready for the next meal. I wouldn't do that if it's a formal table only used once a week or less. Stuff will get dusty and have to be cleaned again next time you use it.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should wee in the glasses then when people come to use them they will smell funny

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