For the record, the setting above is the French formal setting. We rather like how it looks with the silverware turned down.
It's a fascinating, well-illustrated post and a good resource for your dinner parties next week. Even if you're just using IKEA flatware and dishes, you can still say, "Hey folks! This table is set in the British formal style." So there.
• Read the post: Table Manners at Eddie Ross' blog
(Image: Eddie Ross)