The Ultimate Party Setup Guide for Any Occasion

Get the 4-1-1 on proper etiquette on setting up for any party, whether it's formal or informal.

Summer is about gathering friends for an outdoor barbecue or garden party. Alongside the main course, serve ombre fruit skewers that match your theme.

Green Ombre Skewers

Yellow Ombre Skewers

Blue Ombre Skewers

Red Ombre Skewers

Wine and cheese pairings are the perfect fare for cocktail parties. Follow our guide to bring out the best flavor profiles.

A fully-stocked bar cart is a must-have no matter what type of party you're throwing. Start with a blank slate, and follow our guide to make sure guests can drink practically any cocktail they desire.

Keep buffet lines short with a double-sided buffet table. Set out cutlery at the end of the line, so guests have less items to hold while going through the line.

First Course

Serve salad with bread and butter for the first course, making sure to set out a separate plate for the bread and fork and knife for the salad.

Second Course

Remove the salad plate before the second course, and place a soup bowl on the service plate. After the soup course, replace the bowl with a dinner plate.

Third Course

Remove all tableware except the mug, saucer and dessert fork and spoon. Replace the dinner plate with a smaller dessert plate, and fill the mug with coffee or cappuccino.