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The Setup

Blueprint, 2006

Instead of a place card, each diner gets a red-wine glass stain with his or her name written in it. There are four glasses at each setting--one for each wine to be tasted at the table. Threaded with a golf pencil, a wine-tasting scorecard rests on each napkin.

Rebecca Robertson, Blueprint Senior Home Editor makes the following suggestion: "Use brown paper as a tablecloth instead of linen. It feels more 'humble Italian' and you can crumple it up at the end of the night with no worries about red-wine stains."