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We all know it is easier and less time-consuming to use paper plates but why not make a small investment on some fancy plates that you can use for those special dinners. When planning a special dinner to meet the parents means refraining from paper plates altogether. Here are some fancy dinnerware options to inspire you:

Eclectic

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Eclectic plate sets. Retrieved July 29, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/24277285467758123/

Dinnerware doesn’t always have to match, mix and match dishes, and play around with it . If you decide to go with plain white dishes then you can match them with whatever decor you may have.

Table decor

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Table settings include the way you set up your utensils, the way you place your napkins, drinkware and table decor. For example, if you want to do a rustic setting theme use burlaps, use more greenery – like a pretty plant for a centerpiece, lanterns, and neutral colors.

Serving

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Another thing to consider is the way in which you will be serving dinner. For example, if you considering family style dinner, then you’ll want to keep your table cluster free meaning very limited decor. That way your have personal time with your guests and they can see each other. You have enough room for the food and your table isn’t too crowded.

Lighting

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An elegant dinner is always a nice way to great a wonderful ambiance, the lighting alone will make your table be a perfect 10. Candles are perfect for an elegant dinner for either two or more, candles can be tall  or big and can be placed in different types of votives or holders. Lighting can be a deal breaker so remember to keep the space lit enough to have engaging conversations.

Remember to dress up your table like you would yourself and have fun!
Written by Cynthia L, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic

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