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Country-Style Dinner Party Table Setting Tips

The Martha Stewart Show, May May Winter 2006 2006

Serve your country-style dinner as a buffet so you'll have time to spend with guests.

- Skip the tablecloth; newspaper is simple and makes clean up easy.

- Pile seafood high and separately on large enamel platters.

- Use bandannas for napkins.

- Add a distinctive touch; serve beverages in mason jars.

- Keep it traditional; ladle iced tea from a wide-mouth jar.

- Don't save the best for last. Display your dessert on the table, and give guests something to look forward to.

- Spice up your meal, and put a dash of color on your table.

- Serve a shrimp boil.