You should arrange your dinnerware, silverware and stemware in the order they'll be used during the course of the meal. "I've laid the salad plate on top of the dinner plate, because we'll be served the salad first," says Colin. "The flatware is used from the outside in. In this instance, we have the soup first, then we have the salad, and then we enjoy our main course." Arrange your glasses in the order you'll be using them as well, Colin says, placing water glasses closest to the place setting, then white wine glasses and finally red wine glasses.
What's Colin's third secret to setting your place setting apart? He says that adding personal touches creates a truly memorable tabletop. On this table, Colin replaces boring napkin rings with beautiful mother-of-pearl bracelets.