Survey: How Do You Set the Table for Dinner?

When I was growing up, one of my chores was setting the table for dinner. As an adult, however, I find that I seldom do this, especially when I eat alone. (Dinner parties are an obvious exception.) Has our modern, more informal lifestyle done away with this ritual?

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.