When I was in junior high and high school in California, we learned the proper way to set the table in the National Charity League (a Mother Daughter Volunteer Organization). My kids learned how to set the table in the South in local cotillon classes.
Quiz: which way does the blade of the knife go?* If you know that, you could teach the class.
I’m discussing this along with, the best home stores in America, cute fall fashion staples, a good book and more. It’s Five Faves time with Cindy and Annie.
1. The Proper Way To Set A Table
I’ve been know to get creative with tableware but I do know the proper basics if need be. That’s why it was nice to see this diagram from Serena and Lily.
I was taught that the water glass goes to the top of the knife, followed by the wine to the right of it. But if the water glass is smaller than the wine (like above), I think it looks better on the right.
From a birthday party that my friend, Laura hosted.
From a recent little dinner party. This is simple and it can get more elaborate for formal occasions.
If you are unsure of where your bread plate is versus your neighbor’s, my daughter, Alexandra showed me this trick that she learned at cotillion and you may want to show your kids/grandchildren. Make the ok sign with both hands.
How do you set your table? Do you care if it’s “proper?”
2. The Best Home Stores 2023 By House Beautiful
The Best Home Stores article came in my Apple News feed. I love their insight for when I travel in the U.S. You can see what stores are in your state, too.
In fact, I will be sure to go to The Paris Market the next time I am in Savannah (only two hours away).
3. Office to Guest Room Inspiration
Michelle found photos of Our Neutral Home Office on Pinterest and messaged me on Instagram about the Luna daybed sleeper for her home office. I told her we loved the look everyday of ours (nice napping spot too) but that it needs a mattress topper when you make it for guests.
Here is what Michelle did in her home office.
So pretty! And on the right, it’s ready for guests! I’m going to make the bed that way from now on with the wall as the headboard.
Michelle said “Thank you for creating a blog to post for visual people like me.” Thanks, Michelle.
That’s what CCH is all about!
4. Cute Fall Fashion Staples
Tunic: I love this well-made wool cotton checked tunic by Eileen Fisher. Feels transitional for Fall! I’m taking it on my trip to California next week.
Denim skirt: Mercedes found this cute denim midi skirt at Target …I want to copy her! The silk top is by Michael Stars.
5. What To Read: “Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?” A Novel
“Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?” by Crystal Smith Paul
“A multigenerational saga that traverses the glamour of old Hollywood and the seductive draw of modern-day showbiz. When Kitty Karr Tate, a White icon of the silver screen, dies and bequeaths her multimillion-dollar estate to the St. John sisters, three young, wealthy Black women, it prompts questions. Lots of questions.”
I won’t spoil it for you.
That’s it for now! Today is my birthday and we are going to have a little “cocktails on the beach party” this evening. I will post about it next Thursday with other bloggers tips on entertaining where they live around the country.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week:
*note: the blade faces in toward the plate…but you probably knew that 🙂