Can you identify the name of the table setting style above? No, we couldn't either -- until we read this great post from former Martha Stewart Living editor Eddie Ross. We hadn't ever really wondered about the difference between British and French formal table settings, but we found this post fascinating. 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
Related: The Cook's Guide to an Easy, Elegant Holiday Table
(Image: Eddie Ross)